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Five wrongful death lawsuits have been filed in West Virginia in recent weeks against Mylan Pharmaceuticals over fatal overdoses allegedly caused by the fentanyl pain patch.
The Mylan fentanyl patch lawsuits were filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia between September 27 and October 27 by the family members of people who died of fentanyl overdose while using a generic version of the pain patch manufactured by Mylan, according to reports in the West Virginia Record.
All of the complaints include allegations that the patches were defective and released too much fentanyl into family members’ bodies, killing them. The lawsuits were filed by the family members of: Laurie Winters, of New York, who died in February 2007; Michael Locklear, of North Carolina, who died in September 2008; Mark Mendenhall, of Florida, who died in October 2008; Edward Mowery, of Ohio, who died in November 2008; and Toni Rosenberg, of Colorado, who died in January 2009.
The fentanyl patch is a prescription medication that is used to manage chronic and severe pain. It is designed to slowly deliver a dose of the powerful painkiller Fentanyl, which is an opioid that is considered 100 times more powerful than heroine. If too much of the medication is delivered or if the fentanyl gel contained in the patch comes in direct contact with the skin, it can cause a fatal fentanyl patch overdose.
Johnson & Johnson first introduced the name brand version of the fentanyl patch in 1994, which is known as a Duragesic Pain Patch. There are now several drug makers selling generic fentanyl pain patch products, including Mylan.
There have been a number of reported problems with fentanyl pain patches due to manufacturing issues, many of which resulted in patients wearing a pain patch to die from a fentanyl overdose.
At least seven different fentanyl patch recalls have been issued by Johnson & Johnson and companies manufacturing generic versions over problems where manufacturing defects allowed fentanyl gel to leak out of the patch and onto the skin. Some experts have questioned whether the powerful painkiller can be safely made.
Hundreds of fentanyl pain patch overdose deaths have been associated with different versions of the patch, and dozens of fentanyl patch wrongful death lawsuits have been filed against the various manufacturers in courts throughout the United States.
In the first four fentanyl patch lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson that have gone to trial over problems with their Duragesic patch, plaintiffs have been successful in each case, with juries awarding a combined total of more than $36 million in damages.