Fentanyl Class Action
Pain Patch Pending Recall Due to Patients Deaths
Fentanyl Duragesic Pain Patch Linked to Side Effects and Even Death
If you or someone you love was prescribed a Fentanyl pain patch and later suffered from side effects or death, you may be eligible for a class action lawsuit.
Many patients who were prescribed Fentanyl received defective patches causing a sometimes lethal overdose of the medication.
In 1990 the United States Food and Drug Administration first approved the Fentanyl duragesic patch. This medication is a patch that attaches to the skin and is a high powered opioid or narcotic pain killer. The patch is usually prescribed for patients experiencing moderate to severe chronic pain that is not helped by other drugs. Patients who are taking other narcotic drugs should not use the Fentanyl patch. An overdose of the medication can cause serious side effects and can even be fatal. Children should also not use the Fentanyl patch.
Patients who were given the patch sometimes experienced serious side effects including:
- difficulty breathing
- shortness of breath
Other side effects include:
- dry mouth
The Fentanyl patch is manufactured by a number of different companies including Actavis Inc, Alza Corporation, and Janssen Pharmaceutica Products. The patch is also marketed in a generic form known as Sandoz by PriCara, Mylan, Watson and Johnson & Johnson companies.
Over the past few years, specific lot number recalls have been issued based on patient complaints and lawsuits filed by family members. The problem with some of the Fentanyl transdermal patches include a defect which causes it to fold over and leak the potent gel. Because Fentanyl is a schedule II opioid medication, exposure to the gel can cause serious effects to the respiratory system and could lead to an overdose of the medication.
As more and more patients are reporting problems with the Fentanyl patch, class action lawsuits are becoming more prevalent. People who think they may have been affected by the patch or a loved one who may have suffered serious side effects when using the patch should contact a legal professional.
Whether the patch was defective and created side effects from an overdose of medication or if the patch was used in conjunction with other pain medications, monetary compensation may be available.
People involved in the Fentanyl class action suit are claiming the companies were aware of the potential effects of large doses of the medication. Patients who were affected have suffered from serious respiratory complications resulting in hospitalization and sometimes death. Defective patches were known to leak gel without the knowledge of the patient or caregivers.
Coming into contact with the Fentanyl gel could be lethal because of the potent dosage. Expensive hospital and doctor bills are allowing patients or family members to join in the class action lawsuit to try and recoup some of the damages, both financially and pain and suffering for patients and family members. If you think you may have a case, contact legal counsel today.
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