Over the past few years, pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson has face quite a few problems with their products. Unfortunately, as a medical supply and drug company, even the smallest mistakes can lead to the deaths of hundreds of patients. On February 13, 2008, Johnson & Johnson once again became the center of a huge recall, this time for their Duragesic Pain Patch. If youíve been injured by this medication, it is important to seek legal counsel today.
This recent Duragesic Pain Patch recall is only the latest (and hopeful last) chapter in Johnson & Johnsonís medical problem saga. In 2005, the FDA issued a warning about the Johnson & Johnson Ortho Evra Birth Control patch, which has been shown to cause blood clots and other life-threatening problems in women. That same year, the FDA issued an official Public Health Advisory due to the staggering number of deaths due to Duragesic Pain Patch problems.
This official recall is related to the fentanyl in the pain patches. Fentanyl is a Class II substance, according to the FDA. It is highly addictive, and when given in the wrong doses, is highly likely to cause death. Used to treat moderate to severe pain, fentanyl found in Duragesic Pain Patches can leak out, causing direct exposure to the drug. This causes a number of adverse reactions, such as breathing difficulties, and excess exposure leads to death.
All 25-microgram-per-hour patches could potentially have this deadly problem. 25-microgram-per-hour patches are most commonly used with new patients and children, making this problem especially tragic. In 2004, the patches had a similar problem, and since then, accidental overdose because of the leaks has caused hundreds of deaths.
If youíve been affected by the Duragesic Pain Patch recall, it is important to talk to a lawyer right away. By filing a personal injury lawsuit or a wrong death lawsuit on behalf of a loved one, you can help stand up to major drug manufacturers, demanding safer testing and quality control practices. Contact Anapol Schwartz today to talk about your case and find out about your rights.