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Janssen Pharmaceutica Products and ALZA Corp.

New York, NY: (Jun-19-07) A lawsuit was filed against the two Johnson & Johnson subsidiaries after Adam Hendelson died while wearing the company's Duragesic pain patch. Hendelson was in a automobile accident and was suffering from persistent hip pain. He wore a Duragesic narcotic painkiller patch on his right arm to help with the constant pain. Duragesic is the brand name of a transdermal patch and contains a gel form of the drug fentanyl, which is up to 100 times stronger than morphine.

On December 17, 2003, Hendelson died at the age of 28. His family sued Janssen Pharmaceutica Products and ALZA Corp. for allegedly knowing about the patch's deadly side effects. More than one year after Hendelson's death, the defendants issued new health warnings about the use of Duragesic in June 2005.

A jury for the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida awarded the family a $5.5 million settlement. [TRADING MARKETS: DURAGESIC DEATH]


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Published on Jun-26-07

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