Subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $16.6 million in death resulting from Duragesic Patch

A Chicago jury has ruled that subsidiaries of mega-drug company Johnson & Johnson pay $16.6 million to the family of a woman who died of a drug overdose after using a defective Duragesic patch as a pain killer. The 38-year-old woman died because the patch she was wearing delivered a fatal overdose after using a defective Duragesic patch as a pain killer.

A month earlier, a jury in Sanford, Florida awarded more than $13 million to the family of a woman who died after using a Duragesic patch. A day after the Chicago-area woman died, the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen allegedly recalled one lot of patches because of improper sealing, according to a document filed with the court by the defendant’s attorney.

The generic name for Duragesic is Fentanyl.  More than 100,000 Fentanyl patches are said to be defective and There are other brands of Fentanyl that may result in serious injury, death or overdose including:  Abrika, Onsolis, Sandoz, Mylan, Watson and others.

In June of 2012, Johnson & Johnson recalled more than 50,000 Duragesic patches.  The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its involvement  enforcement report that J&J recalled more than 53,000 Duragesic patches.  J&J previously recalled its Duragesic patches in 2004 and again in 2008.  In 2011, J&J recorded sales of $589 million for this product alone.

If you or a loved one have suffered from a Fentanyl patch, call our office today for a free consultation (888) 845-9696.  There are time limits in which you can file a lawsuit.  Don’t delay.



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