In June of 2010, a Mississippi woman’s doctor wrote her a prescription for four 25 mcg fentanyl patches. She had the prescription filled the next day at her local CVS Pharmacy. However, rather than filling the prescription with the 25 mcg fentanyl patches that were prescribed, CVS filled the prescription with four 75 mcg Sandoz patches—three times the dose that the doctor had intended to prescribe.
She died later that very same day of a fentanyl overdose. A 75 mcg Sandoz fentanyl patch was found on her body. She had not abused the patches or somehow used them inappropriately. She was simply wearing a patch per the instructions of her doctor, her pharmacist and the drug company. An autopsy was performed on the same day as her death. The cause of death listed on the medical examiner’s autopsy report is fentanyl toxicity.
Fentanyl is an extremely dangerous drug that is at least 80 times stronger than morphine. Fentanyl patches are designed to release only a certain, limited amount of fentanyl into a patient at a certain rate, and thus produce a certain level of fentanyl in the blood of the patient. If a patch functions as intended, the patient should not receive a harmful dose of fentanyl.
However, manufacturers of time-release fentanyl patches have come under scrutiny for defective products. If for any reason an excessive amount of fentanyl leaks and becomes absorbed by patients, the result can be life-threatening side effects and even death. The Food and Drug Administration has issued several fentanyl warnings after it was found that the gel inside the pain patch could leak, posing a risk of overdose and death.
Heygood, Orr & Pearson have filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the woman’s estate and wrongful death beneficiaries, including her minor children. The fentanyl lawsuit alleges that the Sandoz patch was defective and delivered a fatal dose of the pain patch. The lawsuit also alleges that CVS and the doctor were negligent and that such negligence resulted in the woman wearing a fentanyl patch with three times the dose that the doctor had intended to prescribe.
Heygood, Orr & Pearson is the leading law firm in the United States representing family members in lawsuits against the makers and distributors of defective Fentanyl pain patches. You can learn more about fentanyl patches and our firm’s experience and success with fentanyl patch litigation here: http://hop-law.com/practice-areas/pharmaceutical-liability/fentanyl-pain-patch/
The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson work to achieve the highest compensation possible for families who lost a loved one due to a Fentanyl patch. On behalf of families across the United States, Heygood, Orr & Pearson is actively pursuing cases and lawsuits against the manufacturers of all Fentanyl patches such as Duragesic, Actavis, Mylan, Sandoz and Watson.
If you or a loved one has experienced the tragedy of losing a family member as a result of Fentanyl pain patch usage, you and your family deserve answers to your questions, and if the loss was as a result of a defective Fentanyl patch, to demand that the drug company be held responsible. Contact us for a free consultation so we can help you determine the best way to protect your legal rights and interests and hold the drug companies responsible for your preventable and unnecessary loss.
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