Painkiller Patches

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Many people who suffer from constant pain have turned to painkiller patches for relief. What many consumers do not realize, however, is that there have been incidents in which young children have died because of accidental exposure to these patches. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the federal agency is aware of 32 cases since 1997 in which children (mostly those under the age of 2) have been accidentally exposed to skin patches containing fentanyl, which is a powerful opioid.

Of those cases involving exposure to painkiller patches:

  • 12 required the child's hospitalization
  • 12 resulted in the child's death

In September 2013, the FDA issued a safety announcement that it was requiring the manufacturer of Duragesic (fentanyl) pain patches to start using a more visible, longer-lasting ink for the writing on the patches that specify the drug's name and strength. The purpose was to make the painkiller patches more visible to help parents, such as when the patches accidentally slip off or go missing.

As parents, the last thing we want to think of is the possibility of our children being seriously harmed or killed. When a parent loses a child, there is nothing that can replace that loss. Despite this fact, parents of children who were hurt or killed by problems with painkiller patches should not hesitate to seek damages from the companies that make these patches. Drug companies have a responsibility to make their products in the safest way possible, and they also have a responsibility to properly warn consumers of the risks associated with their drugs. Our Springfield, MA personal injury lawyer at A Good Law Firm can help you take legal action after your child was placed in harm's way due to a painkiller patch!

How Can a Child Be Hurt by a Painkiller Patch?

As explained by the FDA, a child can potentially die from a fentanyl overdose if he or she places the painkiller patch in his or her mouth or puts it on his or her skin. Such an overdose can cause the child's breathing to slow, which increases the carbon dioxide levels in his or her blood. Duragesic patches (and its generic version patches) provide extended release of the opioids, resulting in a release that is stretched out over a three-day period. These products are meant to treat patients who suffer from moderate to severe chronic pain that leads to the need for a continuous opioid analgesic.

Legal Representation for Hurting Families

Contact A Good Law Firm to find out how we can help file a claim or lawsuit after your child was harmed by a painkiller patch. In addition to these types of cases, we also handle many other types of drug injury cases.

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