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LegalView Alerts Readers of a Pain-Relief Patch That Has Been Linked to 120 Deaths Among Patients

LegalView immediately launched a practice area detailing the recall of a pain-relieving patch that has caused 120 patients to overdose. The Duragesic patch was recalled because of a manufacturing defect that caused many of the patches to leak.

Denver, CO, February 25, 2008 --( LegalView recently launched the m Duragesic patch information portal after manufacturers of the pain-relieving patch recalled the drug because of a serious manufacturing defect in the 25 microgram per hour patch that has been associated with 120 deaths, according to press reports. The Duragesic patch is used for long-term relief of moderate and severe pain and the patch releases a pain reliever known as fentanyl over a 72-hour period. The patches, which are manufactured by a division of Johnson & Johnson, have received many U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warnings since the patch’s approval in late 2000.

The company has also voluntarily recalled the drug several times prior to the most recent recall, which occurred in February. The most recent voluntary Duragesic recall will likely involve nearly 32 million patches, which may or may not also have the manufacturing defect. Individuals currently receiving a prescription of the patch should contact a Duragesic attorney to learn about the potential for a lawsuit as well as receive consultation about compensation on their individual case.

Additionally, Duragesic patch side effects it may also adversely affect individuals and those taking the medication should watch for the side effects, which can include addiction or physical dependence on the pain reliever, hypotension, nausea, weakness and drowsiness.

Other prescription drug practice areas available through LegalView's information portals include Trasylol, which is a blood clotting agent often used in surgery. Trasylol was voluntarily recalled by its manufacturer after a study showed that the drug increased rates of death among patients compared with an alternative clotting agent. Most recently, Trasylol was put in the spotlight by a 60 Minutes segment aired on CBS that implicated the drug in thousands of American deaths. As a result, many readers may want to contact a Trasylol attorney for consultation on the manufacturer’s liability.

Heparin is a blood thinner that is administered during surgical procedures, such as kidney dialysis as well as heart surgery. Heparin is highly effective and has been used since shipments began in the 1930s. Recently, LegalView created the Baxter Heparin information portal because of the severity of rash of allergic reactions that have occurred among individuals who received the blood thinner during a surgical procedure. To learn more about this as well as how to receive an attorney consultation on a Heparin case.

Also, use LegalView's practice area to learn about the serious Avandia side effects affecting those with diabetes. Avandia is prescribed to individuals battling type 2 diabetes. However, it was recently discovered that Avandia may increase the risk of cardiac arrest among patients taking the drug. Additionally, a study found that Avandia may also speed up the process of osteoporosis. Those who have been taking Avandia or who have taken it in the past should contact an Avandia attorney.

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