The Duragesic patch is a prescription pain medication, which contains as its active ingredient one of the most potent narcotics on the market—fentanyl. Eighty times more powerful than morphine, fentanyl is used to manage chronic pain that is unresponsive to other medications. The drug is released through the transdermal Duragesic patch in a continuous dose over the course of three-days. Recently, however, there have been numerous reports of fatal fentanyl overdoses and other negative health effects related to the Duragesic patch.
If you or a loved one has suffered a severe adverse reaction to the Duragesic patch, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Please contact us today to learn more about filing a claim to recover your damages.
Duragesic Patch: Dangerous Side Effects
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an alert in July 2005 warning of the risk of fentanyl overdoses with the Duragesic pain patch. The alert was prompted by reports of at least 120 deaths attributed to fentanyl overdoses. According to the FDA, factors that could lead to a fatal fentanyl overdose include heat, patch defects, and inappropriate use.
Other potentially deadly side effects that have been linked to the Duragesic pain patch are:
- Decreased respiratory functioning
- Reduced blood pressure
Patients who have experienced serious adverse reactions as a result of using the Duragesic patch are urged to report the events to the FDA’s MedWatch program immediately.
The Duragesic Patch: Your Legal Rights
Individuals who have suffered serious harm may be eligible to recover compensation for their losses and suffering by filing a legal claim. In July 2006, Johnson & Johnson, the maker of the patch, was ordered to pay nearly $1 million in damages to the family of a Texas woman who died after receiving a lethal dose of fentanyl through the Duragesic patch.
If you or a loved one has suffered a severe adverse reaction to the Duragesic patch, you need not suffer in vain. One of our experienced attorneys can help you get the compensation you deserve. Please contact us today for a FREE consultation with one of our caring and competent personal injury attorneys who can help you understand your legal rights and options.