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Talk About Junk Science – Check Out This Duragesic Safety Test

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On several occasions, former President George W. Bush complained that “junk science” was contaminating our courtrooms.  As folksy as “junk science” sounds, Bush didn’t coin that one.  Instead, it’s been a catch phrase of the tort “reform” movement for years.  The gist of the argument is that plaintiffs (always plaintiffs, never defendants) hire unreliable scientists… Continue Reading

Should Death Be Listed as a Possible Adverse Reaction on the Duragesic Fentanyl Patch Label?

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I’ve previously posted the deposition of Robert Gale, the lead inventor of the Duragesic Fentanyl patch.  His deposition was taken during a fentanyl lawsuit, and during this particular deposition, his attorney prevented him from answering relevant questions.  Like this one: Q. As the lead inventor and designer of the patch, don't you agree that death… Continue Reading

Janssen Warned By FDA About Misleading Claims

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Here’s the text of a letter sent by the FDA to Janssen about the Duragesic patch back in 2004. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES Public Health Service Food and Drug Administration Rockville, MD  20857 TRANSMITTED BY FACSIMILE Ajit Shetty, M.D. CEO Janssen Pharmaceutica, Inc. 1125 Trenton-Harbourton Road Titusville, NJ 08560-0200 RE: NDA # 19-813… Continue Reading

A Terrycloth Towel Stopped the Duragesic Production Line During Lot 0307377

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Duragesic production records produced in a Duragesic fentanyl patch lawsuit reveal that on one occasion, the Duragesic production line was shut down due to a “terrycloth towel jammed in” part of the Bodolay 1 production machine.  The picture below is a screenshot taken from page 90 of the PDF records. According to these records, no… Continue Reading

Interesting Deposition in a Duragesic Lawsuit Regarding Fentanyl Absorption

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I’ve been reading the deposition of Dr. Mark Prausnitz, an expert who testified in at least one Duragesic case about the rate that fentanyl can be absorbed through the skin.  This deposition is pretty dry in terms of content.  It certainly doesn’t have any smoking gun testimony about defective fentanyl patches or the Duragesic recall. … Continue Reading

Expert Report in Duragesic Lawsuit Reveals Flaws in Manufacturing Process

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Now this is just plain scary.  Apparently, management at the Duragesic plant was ok with releasing defective, deadly products. As the following excerpt of an email shows, a manager at the Duragesic factory didn't see much of a difference between releasing 4, 5, 6, or 7 defective fentanyl patches.  Unfortunately, one of the side effects… Continue Reading

The Production Manager of Duragesic Doesn’t Know if Fentanyl Gel is Harmful

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More Duragesic lawsuit deposition fun.  This time, the deposition is of Sanjay Panda, who was at one time the production manager of the Duragesic line.  For a period of time, this person was responsible for making sure that Duragesic patches were produced safely and according to FDA specifications.  And look at how he answered this… Continue Reading

Inventor of the Duragesic Fentanyl Patch Won’t Answer Questions in a Fentanyl Lawsuit

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I love reading expert witness depositions.  Especially when the witnesses won’t answer simple, straightforward questions.  Look at this excerpt of the deposition of Robert Gale, the lead inventor of the Duragesic Fentanyl Patch: All Mr. Orr was asking was whether the warning label for Duragesic explains that you can die from the patch even if… Continue Reading

Lawsuit Filed Against Mylan Pharmaceuticals Alleges Defective Design of Fentanyl Patch

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On March 6th of 2009, Rebecca Ross, a resident of Tennessee, sued Mylan Pharmaceuticals over the death of her sister Elisa.  Elisa had been prescribed 50 mcg/hr fentanyl patches, and filled the prescription with Mylan patches.  Mylan  patches use what’s called a “matrix” system to deliver the fentanyl, as opposed to the reservoir system used… Continue Reading

An Interesting Motion to Compel in a Duragesic (Fentanyl) Lawsuit

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ALZA and Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals are the primary defendants in many Duragesic lawsuits.  ALZA invented the Duragesic Fentanyl patch, and they later were purchased by Ortho-McNeil-Janssen.  In one of these fentanyl patch lawsuits, the plaintiff’s attorney obtained numerous autopsy reports of people who died due to fentanyl toxicity.  The attorney then showed those reports to the… Continue Reading

Fentanyl Lawsuit Filed in Mississippi

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Thomas Vincent filed suit against ALZA Corporation, Janssen Pharmaceutica Products, L.P., Jannsen, L.P., Janssen Pharmaceutica, Inc., and Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.  The wrongful death lawsuit alleges that defective fentanyl patches were responsible for the death of Thomas’ wife, Rose.  This fentanyl lawsuit is currently pending in the federal district court for the Southern district of Mississippi. … Continue Reading

Fentanyl Patch Lawsuit Filed Against Mylan

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On January 12th of 2009, the family of James Pope filed a lawsuit against Mylan, Inc., Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Mylan Technologies, Inc.  The Mylan defendants designed and manufactured a fentanyl patch that the lawsuit alleges killed James Pope.  This patch is the matrix design, which means the fentanyl is in the adhesive instead of… Continue Reading

Fentanyl Patch Lawsuit Filed Against Watson Pharmaceuticals

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On January 6th of 2009, the court-appointed guardian for Tyson Wilson and Jasmine Mohammed filed a lawsuit against Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Watson Laboratories, Inc., and Watson Pharma, Inc., along with 100 “Doe” defendants.  Doe defendants are used as placeholders until the names of the real parties can be determined.  The lawyers in this fentanyl lawsuit… Continue Reading

FDA Medwatch Reports Show Many Problems With Duragesic Fentanyl Patches

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The FDA compiles reports of all adverse events associated with prescription drugs.  The reports for the Duragesic fentanyl patch shows lots of adhesion problems and leakage problems.  Duragesic lawyers obtained this document during discovery in a Duragesic fentanyl patch lawsuit. The FDA Medwatch reports for the Duragesic fentanyl patch are available here in PDF format.

Information About Bodolay 1 Fentanyl Machine Explains Cause of Patch Defects

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During the discovery process in a Duragesic lawsuit, fentanyl lawyers obtained a copy of the attached document explaining how the Bodolay 1 machine made Duragesic patches.  As the document reveals, the Bodolay 1 machine wasn’t the most reliable machine in the world. Here’s the document relating to the Bodolay 1 Duragesic fentanyl patch machine.

Duragesic and Fentanyl Photos

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I’ve put together a small album with pictures of Fentanyl patches and Duragesic patches.  If you have any other photos of Fentanyl or Duragesic, please email them to me at justinian AT justinian DOT us.  Here are the Fentanyl pictures. 

More Fentanyl patches recalled – not Duragesic this time

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Watson Pharmaceuticals has announced a recall of all 75mcg Fentanyl patches from lot number 92461850.  These patches are being recalled for the same reason many of Johnson & Johnson’s Duragesic patches were recalled: Manufacturing defects that could lead to leakage.  Here’s an excerpt from Watson’s press release: CORONA, CA – August 8, 2008 – Watson… Continue Reading