According to the Pennsylvania Record (1/5/12), the lawsuit was filed by Jose Campuzano, after the death of his wife, Charlene Manzo. Campuzano alleges Mylan Inc and Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. were negligent in the manufacture, design and sale of the fentanyl pain patch prescribed to Charlene Manzo. The lawsuit states Manzo died on January 9, 2010, shortly after she was given a prescription for 100 mcg and 75 mcg fentanyl patches. Furthermore, the lawsuit claims Manzo did not ever abuse or misuse the patches but died of a fentanyl overdose while using the prescribed patch.
The lawsuit alleges Manzo had a blood-fentanyl concentration of 20 ng/ML, which is considered a lethal amount and is more than four times the mean maximal fentanyl concentration that the prescribed fentanyl patches should have delivered when working together. Campuzano claims the makers of the patch knew about the risks associated with the patch but continued to market them without properly disclosing those risks to the public or to federal regulators.
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Fentanyl overdose has been linked to respiratory failure, coma and death. Symptoms of fentanyl overdose include slow breathing, dizziness, weakness, loss of consciousness, confusion, seizures and small pupils.
Duragesic pain patches, which are not the subject of the Campuzano lawsuit, are manufactured by Alza Corp and marketed by Janssen Pharmaceutica, both subsidiaries of Johnson & Johnson. Lawsuits have been filed against the makers of various fentanyl pain patches, alleging the patches were defectively designed, causing the death of patients exposed to lethal levels of fentanyl.