Fentanyl Patches & Respiratory Depression
Attorney for Fentanyl Patch Injury and Death
Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic drug used to treat chronic pain. It can
be extremely dangerous, however, when those who manufacture, prescribe,
or fill a prescription for the drug fail to exercise proper care. When
that happens, the resulting respiratory problems can be so severe that
they can lead to a
At Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, our attorneys are committed to pursuing
full and fair compensation for the individuals who have been injured by
a fentanyl patch—as well as those who lost loved ones to it. Because
we are familiar with the scientific evidence that is needed to win cases
such as these, we are uniquely prepared to handle them. Do not hesitate
to contact us today if you would like to
schedule a free, detailed consultation.
What Makes Fentanyl Patches Dangerous
Some doctors prescribe the fentanyl patch for use in a way that is not
approved by the FDA. If off-label patches are used, the chances increase
of the drug being used in contradiction to an explicit, boxed warning.
Patch misuse or abuse can cause serious injuries.
Even if doctors heed the warnings, there are other possible dangers with
a fentanyl patch:
Pharmaceutical companies sometimes manufacture the patches defectively, giving rise to a
product liability claim when the defect causes injury or death. This can also give rise
to a recall.
Pharmacists also often dispense the patch without exercising due care.
Pharmacists and medical professionals should be held accountable when they
fail to ask questions about whether fentanyl is appropriate for a particular
patient—especially when the "black box warning" clearly
states that it can potentially cause fatal respiratory depression. When
a patient receives an excessive dose of fentanyl, it can lead to a condition
called "hypoventilation," in which the respiratory rate slows
down so much that the person stops breathing. The loss of oxygen can cause
brain damage or can lead to a wrongful death.
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Let us help you pursue the compensation you need and deserve for a fentanyl
patch injury. Our attorneys' credentials show a dedication to our
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personal injury lawyer,
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