Fentanyl Addiction Lawsuit
Fentanyl has been in use in one form or another since the 1960s, and can be anywhere from 50 to 100 times as potent as morphine. In the medical setting, Fentanyl is administered in a number of forms: intravenous injection, transdermal patch, intranasal spray, sublingual spray, and lozenges or lollipops. Illicitly manufactured Fentanyl has begun finding its way into street drugs and can be especially deadly when the user is unaware that they are taking such a potent drug.
The Fentanyl spray known as Subsys, manufactured by Insys, has been particularly problematic in recent years and is a major cause of physician induced addiction. Insys is currently facing a class-action lawsuit over Subsys, and in talks with the United States Department of Justice about unethical marketing practices that increased the use of the drug by patients for whom it may not have been the best option.
Put Osborne’s Experience to Work for You
At Osborne & Francis, drug and medical product liability cases are at the heart of what we do. Your case is as important to us as it is to you and we have a proven track record of obtaining maximum compensation for those harmed by faulty or misused medical products. Contact us today if you or a loved one have been harmed by Subsys or Fentanyl. We will review your case for free and we don’t get paid unless we win.
Subsys Class-Action Lawsuit
There are a number of ongoing class-action lawsuits involving Subsys, and a handful that have already been settled. Given documentation that has been released and reported around these cases, it is clear that Insys, the manufacturer of Subsys, acted with some level of disregard for the health of patients who were using their product. If you have been injured by Subsys, contact Osborne & Francis today and let us help you find the best path to full compensation.
Off-Label Use of Fentanyl and Addiction
Subsys was initially developed to manage breakthrough cancer pain, a type of high-intensity pain that can come on quickly in cancer patients. Some patients experience up to seven episodes a day that can last from fifteen minutes to an hour. Subsys contains Fentanyl that is absorbed through the skin under the tongue and is highly effective at treating breakthrough cancer pain episodes. However, Insys was unsatisfied with such limited use and sought to encourage physicians to prescribe Subsys for use by non-cancer patients.
Insys encouraged the wider use of Subsys in patients with migraines and other non-cancer-related pain, and even established an office dedicated to helping doctors and patients obtain pre-authorization for off-label use of Subsys. This office helped Insys double their sales of Subsys in just two years, but put a dangerous opioid in the hands of patients in situations where the drug’s benefit may not have outweighed the risks involved in its use.
Lawsuits Against Fentanyl Manufacturer Insys
State governments understand the role Insys played in creating the opioid epidemic through aggressive and unethical marketing practices. A number of state attorneys general have filed suit against Insys, including those in New York, Maryland, Illinois, North Carolina, New Jersey, and more. A federal lawsuit is in the works and Insys founder and majority owner John Kapoor stepped down from his position at the company after he was arrested on conspiracy charges in October of 2017.
If you have been injured by Subsys or another form of Fentanyl, lawyers from Osborne & Francis are ready to help you navigate the complicated legal landscape that now surrounds this drug. No one should have to go it alone if they have been harmed by Subsys. Class-action lawsuit or personal injury lawsuit? These are difficult questions and we can evaluate your case and help determine the best route forward to the compensation you deserve.
What to Know Before You File a Subsys Lawsuit
Fentanyl manufacturers are large companies. And given recent events, their legal teams are already moving forward at a rapid pace. Any case that will product the outcome you deserve will require an extensive amount of work that is too much for any one person or family. Osborne is here to assist you in gathering the medical records and other documentation necessary to prove just how you were harmed by a Fentanyl product. This is a process we know well and we’ve helped scores of individuals obtain compensation from companies like Insys.
We take your case on contingency, so even if you aren’t sure if you have a case, it is always best to contact us so we can evaluate your situation and let you know where you stand.
Fentanyl Overdose Deaths
While use of opioids is up dramatically, it appears that Fentanyl alone many be driving the spike in opioid overdose deaths. In 2016, 45.9% of all opioid related deaths involved Fentanyl. That’s a dramatic increase over 2010 when Fentanyl was involved in just 14.3% of all opioid overdose deaths.
Experts attribute the spike in Fentanyl overdoses to the fact that it has been working its way into the illicit drug supply and people are often unaware that they are exposing themselves to it. People are also unaware of just how potent a very small amount of the drug can be, especially when combined with other drugs.