Fentanyl is the generic name for an extremely potent synthetic narcotic developed by Janssen Laboratories in the 1950s. Often used for cancer patients, the drug is delivered with a transdermal skin patch that allow for slow absorption through the skin over a 72 hour period. The fentanyl patch is marketed by Janssen under the name Duragesic Patch.
Fentanyl patches and all other forms of fentanyl-based medication are eighty times as powerful as morphine. Since its introduction in 1990, there have been many fentanyl lawsuits that focused on overdose symptoms and fatalities suffered by patients who used the product. In 2006 a Duragesic lawsuit in New York was recently decided on behalf of the patient, who died as a result of using their fentanyl patch as prescribed. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/08/business/08verdict.html
The FDA has put out warnings about the dangers of this potent narcotic. However overdoses have led to a string of fentanyl lawsuits; the narcotic is often used in conjunction with other analgesics (painkillers) or conversely, is given to patients who have not developed a tolerance for narcotics. There have also been fentanyl lawsuits that suggest patient overdoses or fatalities were the result of a defective patch.
If you or a family member has encountered debilitating side effects from the use of fentanyl, you may be eligible for compensation. Severe side effects may include hypertension; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; hallucinations; muscle rigidity; seizures; slow or irregular heartbeat; slowed breathing; trouble breathing. Many of these may be preliminary to an overdose.
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