I came across an expert witness report in another fentanyl lawsuit. This is a defense expert, and he’s offering up the usual defenses of “It wasn’t fentanyl, she was obese!” and “It wasn’t fentanyl, it was all the other drugs she was on!” and “If it was fentanyl, it was because she was misusing it!” … Continue Reading
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
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
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
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
Dr. Mark Prausnitz testified for the plaintiffs in a Duragesic lawsuit about the various ways the fentanyl patch can malfunction and kill the wearer. I’ve attached his entire eleven page report in PDF format below, but here’s one of the major conclusions he came to: This leads me to believe that the Duragesic fentanyl patches… Continue Reading
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
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
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
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
A man named Robert Gale led the development team for the Duragesic fentanyl patch. He began working for ALZA Corporation in 1971, and began working on Duragesic in 1983. He was granted Patent # 4,588,580 for “Transdermal administration of fentanyl and device therefor” on July 23rd of 1984, along with Victor Goetz, Eun Lee, Lina… Continue Reading
Here’s an overhead view of the factory in Vacaville, California where many of the Duragesic patches are made. From what I can gather, many generic fentanyl patches are made here as well.
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
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
The quality of the photocopy is a little low, but the FDA’s Establishment Inspection Report (EIR) for the Duragesic Fentanyl patch factory in Vacaville, California sheds some light on (a) why there needed to be a recall of so many defective fentanyl patches, and (b) why so many people died from defective patches. This document… Continue Reading
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
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
On February 3rd of 2009, the family of Leann Flynn filed a lawsuit against ALZA and Sandoz, Inc., the designer and manufacturer, respectively, of a a fentanyl patch alleged to have killed Leann Flynn. This lawsuit explains that ALZA designed the patch and manufactured it at their Vacaville plant for themselves and for Sandoz. This… Continue Reading
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
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.
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.
Unlike the previous Duragesic and Fentanyl recalls of millions of patches, this one covers only one lot of one size patch: Watson Pharmaceuticals has recalled one lot of its 75-mcg/hour fentanyl transdermal system in the U.S. because a small number of patches were leaking a gel form of the pain medicine. The recalled patches are… Continue Reading
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.
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