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Duragesic Trials Continue - Plaintiffs Optimistic After Latest Recall

Lawyer who brought the first federal case against J&J prepares for next


LOS ANGELES, Feb. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- In the wake of Tuesday's Duragesic recall of over 2 million patches, lawyer Ike Gulas prepares to take the next major case against pharmaceutical giant Johnson and Johnson to trial in California State Court Southeast District in Los Angeles.

The Birmingham, Ala.-based law firm Gulas & Stuckey PC took the first Duragesic case to federal trial in West Palm Beach in June 2007, winning a $5.5 million verdict for the family of Adam Hendelson who died from an overdose of the drug fentanyl when the patch he wore due to chronic hip pain leaked.

The family of Carol Pinedo will be the second of Gulas & Stuckey's clients to face Johnson & Johnson subsidiaries Janssen Pharmaceutica Products, LP, and ALZA Corp. in court over death resulting from the company's pain patch Duragesic.

Pinedo died in April 2004, the same month Janssen issued a recall of about 2.2 million patches after determining that some might leak along one edge. She was 39 at the time and had been wearing a Duragesic patch for 6 months as treatment for severe migraines following the removal of benign brain tumors.

Pinedo's husband Joseph, has brought the suit forward to Gulas & Stuckey after his wife's death. Joseph is a custodian for the Los Angeles school system with four children: Jessie Marie, Michelle, Christine and Natalie Angela.

"The manufacturers of this drug should be held accountable," said Ike Gulas. "This recent recall reaffirms the fact that this drug is lethal and is responsible for many unnecessary deaths, as in the case of Carol Pinedo."

More than 100 cases have been filed nationwide involving Duragesic. Gulas & Stuckey will take the Pinedo case to trial sometime later this year.

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