Fentora Lawsuits and Fentora Liability in Massachusetts

What is Fentora?

Fentora, also called fentanyl buccal, were tablets approved by the FDA in September 2006. In just the first year on the market, nearly 80,000 patients were prescribed Fentora. In order to use the tablets, the patient places the tablet in their mouth against the gum, and it dissolves directly into the blood stream.

Fentora is an extremely powerful opioid painkiller that has only been approved for use on cancer patients who are suffering from extreme pain that cannot be managed through the use of other drugs. In addition to this, Fentora is only supposed to be prescribed if the patient has become tolerant of other varieties of opioid treatments. However, much of the abuse of Fentora comes from what is referred to as “off-label” prescriptions. These prescriptions are written for diagnoses that are far less severe than the intended use, such as headaches, migraines, back pain and other short term problems. Other drugs that have doses of Fentora in them are Fentora and the Duragesic Patch.

According to the manufacturer Cephalon Inc., there were 4 reported deaths associated with use of Fentora, three of these came due to “off-label” prescriptions, with two of these prescriptions being for common headaches.

Fentora contains Fentanyl, which is a highly addictive and powerful drug and is about 80 times more potent than morphine. Fentanyl is classified in the same family of drug as opium, cocaine and methadone by the Drug Enforcement Agency. Since being approved in September 2006, more than 78,000 prescriptions have been written for Fentora according to its manufacturer Cephalon.

Fentora is a newer drug that is seen as the successor to the Fentora lollipops. Due to the fact vague and poor dosing instructions exist, medical professionals have prescribed Fentora and the same dose as Fentora. However, Fentora delivers more Fentanyl directly into the blood stream, and this can lead to an overdose when it is prescribed in the same amount.

In September of 2007 a warning letter was sent out to healthcare providers across the country in regards to use of Fentora. The FDA issued a public health advisory in regards to potential Fentora over doses. There have been several deaths tied to the drug, and Cephalon Inc. has agreed to work with the FDA to add stronger warnings to the label. They have also agreed to provide better dosing instructions in relation to Fentora’s use.

At Sheff Law, we are the Massachusetts law firm with the resources, experience, and national reputation to investigate personal injuries and wrongful deaths resulting from taking Fentora. Patients across Massachusetts and America are starting to realize some of the potential harmful consequences of using Fentora. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed as a result of Fentora use, contact an attorney at Sheff Law today by filling out a FREE consultation form, or call at (888) 423-4477 or 617-227-7000.

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