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.
Fentanyl Pain Patch: Generic and Brand Name Manufacturers
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 serious side effects that can result in 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.
Other Fentanyl Products and their Manufacturers
In the years since the pain patch was first approved by the FDA, other manufacturers have developed fentanyl products in a variety of formulations, including the fentanyl lollipop, the fentanyl spray, and fentanyl tablets.
Some of these products include:
- Abstral is a fentanyl buccal tablet manufactured by the British pharmaceutical company ProStrakan. Abstral is a sublingual tablet, meaning that it is placed under the tongue until it dissolves, allowing fentanyl to be absorbed into the body. The tablets are manufactured in dosages of 100mcg, 200mcg, 300mcg, 400mcg, 600mcg, and 800mcg.
- Actiq is an oral transmucosal fentanyl lozenge manufactured by Cephalon. This product is more commonly known as the “fentanyl lollipop.” Actiq is sold in dosages of 200 mcg, 400 mcg, 600 mcg, 800 mcg, 1200 mcg, and 1600 mcg. A generic version of Actiq is also manufactured by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, the parent company of Cephalon.
- Fentora is a fentanyl buccal tablet similar to Abstral. Fentora is manufactured by Cephalon, a subsidiary of Teva Pharmaceutical. Like Abstral, Fentora is available in dosages of 100 mcg, 200 mcg, 400 mcg, 600 mcg, and 800 mcg. It is not sold in dosages of 300mcg.
- Instanyl is an intranasal fentanyl spray sold by Takeda. Instanyl is sprayed into the nose in order to deliver its fentanyl dose to patients. The spray is manufactured in doses of 50 mcg, 100 mcg, and 200 mcg.
- Lazanda is an intranasal fentanyl spray similar to Instanyl that is manufactured by Archimedes Pharma. This fentanyl nasal spray is sold in dosages of 100 mcg and 400 mcg.
- Onsolis is a fentanyl buccal soluble film manufactured by BioDelivery Sciences International. This product is a small piece of film that is placed on the inside of the cheek, where is sticks and dissolves in about 15 to 30 seconds. Onsolis is sold in fentanyl dosages of 200 mcg, 400 mcg, 600 mcg, 800 mcg, and 1200 mcg.
- Subsys is a fentanyl sublingual spray manufactured by Insys Therapeutics. Patients using Subsys spray the product under their tongue in order to deliver the prescribed fentanyl dose. The spray is sold in dosages of 100 mcg, 200 mcg, 400 mcg, 600 mcg, and 800 mcg.
Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of Fentanyl Pain Patch Victims
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 this link to our free case evaluation form.