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Use of Duragesic (Fentanyl) Patches for Pain Management May Lead to Fatal Overdoses

The Duragesic Pain Patch was designed to treat moderate to severe chronic pain in patients suffering from arthritis, back injuries, and other conditions. The patches containing the pain killer fentanyl were recalled in 2004 after widespread reports of patient deaths and accidental overdoses. Defective Duragesic patches, which leaked too much of the powerful opiate into the patient’s skin, prompted federal officials to order millions of the patches to be pulled from pharmacy shelves.

Fentanyl Overdose Symptoms

Fentanyl is a powerful opiate which functions similar to heroin in the body. Patients who overdose on the drug may experience weak, shallow breathing (hypoventilation), low blood pressure and unconsciousness. Other symptoms of fentanyl overdose include:

Duragesic Pain Patch Recall Details

In 2004, the Food and Drug Administration issued a recall of about 400,000 Duragesic patches after the agency discovered that the patches might leak too much potent fentanyl into the skin too quickly. The patches were designed to gradually deliver a three-day dose of the powerful pain killer into the skin. Later, the recall was broadened to include 2.2 million patches. In July 2005, as reports of patient overdoses, deaths and adverse uses continued, the FDA issued a Public Health Advisory regarding the use of fentanyl patches such as Duragesic.

Learn About Your Duragesic Legal Rights

If you or a loved one has died or suffered an injury due to a Duragesic (fentanyl) Pain Patch, you may have valuable legal rights. Our law firm is available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have. Contact us today for a free, no obligation, legal consultation by completing the case evaluation form on the right side of this page or by calling 1-800-WE-FIGHT (1-800-933-4448).

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