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“I want this drug off the market. It killed my 39 year old son, I am going to fight to have this drug removed…It is killing people!”

That message was posted on our Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA) Injuryboard Law Blog, and we’re sad to say the story is not uncommon. Our firm is currently handling multiple fentanyl pain patch lawsuits, so we have seen firsthand just how lethal these pain patches really are.

Why are fentanyl pain patches, which Ortho-McNeil sell under the brand name Duragesic, so dangerous? Well, the drug isestimated to be 80 times stronger than morphine and hundreds of times more powerful than heroin. It was designed for people in excruciating pain, yet many doctors prescribe fentanyl pain patches to patients who have low back pain and other common health problems that cause aches and soreness. I sympathize with people struggling with back pain, but taking fentanyl and exposing themselves to a pain patch overdose death is simply too risky.

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Another big reason fentanyl pain patches are lethal is because many patches were poorly designed and the gel containing the powerful drug can leak out and come into direct contact with skin. This has led to numerous fentanyl pain patch overdose deaths.

If you or someone close to you suffered adverse side effects or died due to a fentanyl overdose, consult with a fentanyl injury and wrongful death attorney to discuss your legal options. Fentanyl is an extremely dangerous drug, and manufacturer who encourage its use for patients who do not truly need it should be held accountable for the severe adverse effects and overdose deaths fentanyl causes.


About the Editors: The Shapiro, Cooper, Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm, which has offices in Virginia (VA) and North Carolina (NC), edits the injury law blogs Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard as pro bono services.


  1. Gravatar for thomas pangia
    thomas pangia

    I have stage 4 prostate CA, with every major joint affected. I recently developed a hip fracture, and the pain can be unbearable. The patches are the only way I could tolerate it. There is one brand that consistantly falls short of the 3 days. I reported it to the FDA, but that doesn't say much. I agree that the manufacturers should be held to high standards, but I wouldn't want it off the market.

  2. Gravatar for Lizz Taylor
    Lizz Taylor

    It is difficult to understand the pain that we feel for them. I take medicines - hydrocodone, lortab and percocet - to control pain and in many cases I find online because the recipe costs too much money and ordering is very expensive.

    Lizz Taylor


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