The Duragesic fentanyl patch has been linked to hundreds of cases of overdose and death. As a result of defective design and poor quality controls, patches could deliver excessive amounts of the active ingredient into the body. After putting the patch on their skin, some users have experienced a fentanyl overdose, resulting in a coma or sudden death.

The manufacturer of the Duragesic patch and generic versions of the fentanyl pain patch have known about problems associated with their product, yet people continue to die as a result of their defective and dangerous pain patches.

The product liability lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are no longer reviewing Duragesic patch lawsuits for cases of overdose or death. This page is maintained for informational purposes only.


The Duragesic Patch (fentanyl transdermal system) is a prescription pain medication introduced by Johnson & Johnson, which delivers a narcotic opiate painkiller through the skin. Generic fentanyl patch products are also available from a number of different manufacturers.

Although it is designed to deliver controlled doses over a 24 hour period, due to production problems and inadequate warnings/instructions, the pain patch has caused hundreds of users to die or suffer serious injury when dangerous amounts of fentenyl were delivered.

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Manufacturered by Johnson & Johnson, through their subsidiaries Janssen Pharmaceutica and Alza Corp, the Duragesic Fentanyl Patch was approved in 1990. It has become a very popular prescription for pain management, with annual sales of approximately $1.3 billion in 2006. It was been one of the top selling products for Johnson & Johnson before it became available as a generic.

Although the Duragesic Fentanyl Patch is only intended for management of severe, chronic pain (such as cancer) which can not be managed with less powerful drugs, it is often given off-label for less severe conditions. Due to aggressive marketing and misrepresentations regarding the risks associated with the fentanyl pain patch, many have suffered death or other serious injuries when they never should have received the patch in the first place.

Duragesic Patch lawsuits have been filed in courts throughout the United States. Johnson & Johnson has been found liable for several wrongful death lawsuits brought by families of those who have died. Johnson & Johnson’s negligence resulted in hundreds of defective pain patches being produced, and they have failed to properly warn users about the risks associated with the fentanyl patch.


The Duragesic patch lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. no longer accepting additional cases.