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Hissey Kientz, LLP Warns Duragesic Patch Users About Potential Health Risks of Fentanyl Overdose
Date:12/13/2008

Hissey Kientz, LLP wishes to alert patients of the serious and potentially fatal health risks they may face from using the Duragesic (fentanyl) pain patch. Patients who are directly exposed to the gel inside the patch, or who received an excessive fentanyl dose because of other factors, may develop respiratory depression or other serious and potentially fatal side effects.

Austin, Texas (PRWEB) December 13, 2008 — The law firm of Hissey Kientz, LLP wishes to alert patients who use the Duragesic (fentanyl) pain patch of the serious and potentially fatal health risks they may face from the use of this powerful painkilling drug.

The Duragesic pain patch was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration in August 1990 to treat certain patients with chronic pain. The Duragesic-brand patch is manufactured by Alza Corp., which is owned by Johnson & Johnson. Generic versions of the pain patch—marketed under the name fentanyl—are also sold by several other companies.

The pain patch contains an extremely potent pain medication known as fentanyl, which is about 80 times as strong as morphine, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Federal and state health authorities have reported hundreds of cases of hospitalization or death that have been linked to fentanyl overdoses.

Millions of fentanyl or Duragesic patches have been recalled since 2005 due to manufacturing problems that could lead to a fatal overdose. Because some of these recalled pa
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