Fentanyl drug injury

Fentanyl Patch Side Effects Threaten Patient Safety

by Staff Blogger | June 30th, 2015

Painkiller overdoses are one of the leading causes of accidental drug injury and death in the United States today. One of the most common drugs involved in these incidents is a powerful narcotic painkiller known as Fentanyl. In fact, the painkiller is known to be involved in more than 1,000 U.S. deaths per year.

The drug is administered by placing a sticky patch containing the drug to the skin. The drug is then absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. The only way to determine the dosage is to adjust the size of the patch. Fentanyl patch side effects can include nausea, decreases in respiration, slowed heart rate, and death.

Despite these risks, drug manufacturers continue to market dosages of the drug. According to Pharmacy Times, one maker of the medication—Mylan, Inc.—recently announced it would begin distributing three new dosages of the drug. Currently, the drug is dispensed in 12 mcg/hr, 25 mcg/hr, 50 mcg/hr, 75 mcg/hr, and 100 mcg/hr dosages. Now, patients and doctors will have 37.5 mcg/hr, 62.5 mcg/hr, and 87.5 mcg/hr options as well.

With Fentanyl so readily available, some communities are experiencing an epidemic of drug overdoses linked to the medication. This has forced some Canadian cities to adopt policies that require patients taking Fentanyl to return used patches to their pharmacist before new ones can be distributed.

Our drug injury attorneys at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough are aware of the serious dangers that Fentanyl can pose. That’s why we’re hopeful more steps are taken to keep patients safe.

Fentanyl Pain Patch Lawyers Talk About Risks of Opioid Medications

by Staff Blogger | March 31st, 2015

Imagine suffering so much pain on a daily basis that taking a breath is a chore. For many Americans, this nightmare is a reality. Luckily, medications available to treat severe and chronic pain, but certain versions of these drugs can present serious health risks.

Fentanyl is an opioid medication that only needs to come in contact with a patient’s skin for the effects to be felt. Fentanyl is administered through a sticky patch placed on the skin. The drug is then absorbed through the skin and is slowly released into the bloodstream.

The problem with the Fentanyl pain patch is its strength.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains that 120 people die each day in the U.S. as the result of drug overdoses. Opioid medications, like Fentanyl, are responsible for a majority of overdoses.

The issue with the Fentanyl pain patch is that the dosage of drug the patient receives is determined strictly by the size of the patch that’s administered. The Fentanyl pain patch lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough explain that if a patient is given too much of the drug through a larger than needed patch, the patient is at risk of cardiac and respiratory failure, or even death.

If you or a loved one have suffered such an injury after using a Fentanyl pain patch, our drug injury lawyers would suggest speaking with a legal professional about your rights.

Most Common Painkiller Overdoses

by Staff Blogger | November 4th, 2014

There are many medications currently on the market that can cause serious harm when not taken correctly. Many are used to alleviate pain, which is why the painkiller overdose lawyers with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough would like to point out a few of the most common painkiller overdoses:

  • Acetaminophen– This over-the-counter drug can be purchased in hundreds of products, including Tylenol® and NyQuil®. It is also found in certain prescription drugs as well. Taking too much acetaminophen can cause serious liver damage, which can lead to death.
  • Fentanyl– Most commonly distributed in patches, this opioid medication is strong enough to pass into the bloodstream through contact with the skin. The strength of this medication is also an indication as to why it is involved in a large quantity of accidental overdose deaths.
  • Oxycodone– Typically prescribed to control moderate to severe chronic pain in patients, this medication is also one of the most commonly prescribed painkillers on the market. Due to the fact this drug is prescribed to patients with persistent pain, many build tolerance to the drug. This can lead to increases in dosage, which also increase the chances of overdose.

If you’ve been harmed as the result of taking a medication prescribed to you by a doctor, the team of drug injury attorneys with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough may be able to help. Learn more about what we can do for you by calling us at (800) 210-8503 anytime.