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Family waited too long to file Duragesic lawsuit, so they automatically lost

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This case illustrates how important it is to act quickly if you’re considering filing a lawsuit over Duragesic, or any defective drug.  On June 21st of 2008, a federal court decided the case of Schmelzle v. Alza Corp.  (Alza manufactures Duragesic (Fentanyl) patches.)  Kelly Sue Schmelzle died on December 12th of 2003 after using a… Continue Reading

Mylan Pharmaceuticals sued in West Virginia over their “drug in adhesive” Fentanyl patch

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James Pope was prescribed 50mcg Fentanyl patches on July 23rd of 2007, and died just six days later of a Fentanyl overdose.  This lawsuit is a little different than other Fentanyl lawsuits, as it doesn’t involve the recalled Duragesic or recalled Fentantyl patches.  As far as I know, Mylan has not issued a recall notice… Continue Reading

Duragesic / Fentanyl patients should stay away from grapefruit, heat

Posted in Duragesic / Fentanyl, Safety Alerts

In February, the FDA approved changes to the warning label for the Duragesic (Fentanyl) pain patch, including adding warning patients using the patch not to drink grapefruit juice or expose the patch to a direct heat source. Dose increases should be approached with caution, and patients should avoid grapefruit or grapefruit juice… (Emphasis added.) …. Continue Reading

Deposition in Duragesic Lawsuit Reveals Inspectors Were Supposed To Inspect 4 Fentanyl Patches Per Second

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The deposition of David Chullino, taken in a Duragesic lawsuit, explains that the Duragesic factory was cranking out 4 patches per second… and that only two inspectors were supposed to inspect every one of those patches.  That works out to 4 patches per second.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I could… Continue Reading

Duragesic Lawsuit Filed in New Jersey

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The family of Janice Cromar filed a lawsuit in New Jersey against the makers of the Duragesic Patch.  This lawsuit alleges that Mrs. Cromar used one of the defective Duragesic patches in recalled lot 0327192: The lawsuit further alleges that “many hundreds” of people have died each year from leaking Duragesic fentanyl patches.  Once all… Continue Reading

Keeping Defective Duragesic Patches “Not a High on the Priority List” for ALZA

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In a Duragesic lawsuit filed in December of 2005, the plaintiffs allege that: Even after being made aware of the numerous defects including those which triggered the recalls, Defendants still failed to take all reasonable and necessary steps to insure that their manufacturing and quality control processes were adequate . As stated in the aforementioned… Continue Reading