Fentanyl is an extremely powerful painkiller that is sold in a number of different forms. The most commonly used fentanyl product is the fentanyl patch, which is sold both generically and under a brand name. Fentanyl is also sold in a lollipop form known as Actiq, a nasal spray called Lazanda and in pill form called Fentora.
The fentanyl pain patch was first sold under the brand name Duragesic, which is manufactured by Alza Corporation and sold by Janssen Pharmaceuticals —two subsidiaries of Johnson & Johnson. Alza Corporation also makes a generic version of the patch which is sold by Sandoz, Inc. Several other companies also manufacture generic versions of the fentanyl patch, including:
Because of the extreme potency of fentanyl, manufacturing defects that cause the fentanyl gel contained in the reservoir version of the pain patch to leak may lead to an overdose or death. Several fentanyl patch manufacturers have been forced to recall certain lots of the fentanyl patch due to manufacturing defects, including Janssen, Johnson & Johnson, Actavis, Watson, and Sandoz.
Patients who were treated with a defective fentanyl patch may be eligible to file a lawsuit. Individuals who were improperly prescribed fentanyl by their doctor—including post-surgical patients or those with short term pain—may also qualify to file a fentanyl lawsuit.
If you or a loved one have suffered a fentanyl overdose or other injuries caused by the use of the pain patch, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit and receive compensation for your injuries. For a free legal consultation, contact the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001 or by filling out the free case evaluation form located on this page.