Fentanyl is an extremely potent synthetic narcotic that was developed by Janssen Laboratories in the 1950s. It is used both as an analgesic (painkiller) and as an anesthetic. In its pure form, fentanyl is eighty times stronger than morphine; that makes it extremely useful as an analgesic and also extremely popular among narcotics addicts.
The fentanyl patch is a method of delivering pain relief over an extended period of time. It is a transdermal patch, which means the medication is contained in a patch that is applied to the body; the medication is delivered over 72 hours through the skin.
According to the FDA, the fentanyl patch is best prescribed for patients that have chronic pain and that have been using other pain medications for some time. That means the patient has built up a tolerance for other opiates and needs something stronger. It has also led to many instances of patients overdosing on this synthetic narcotic because of misguided usage. http://www.fda.gov/fdac/features/2006/206_fentanyl.html.
The brand name for the fentanyl patch as it is marketed by Janssen Laboratories is the Daragesic Patch. There area also generic versions on the market, as well as several offshoots of fentanyl that are used for short-acting relief or some specific situation that calls for significant pain relief.
The fentanyl patch has been on the market for over fifteen years and has developed a reputation in the industry as an extremely potent analgesic that must be used properly. If you or a family member has suffered from chronic pain and has been treated with a fentanyl patch that caused overdose symptoms such as breathing difficulty or inability to focus, get in touch with our office and one of our medical/legal professionals to see if you have a case that calls for compensation.