Melville, NY (PRWEB) May 08, 2012
Attorneys Andres Alonso and David Krangle, founding partners of Alonso Krangle LLP, a national law firm focused on child safety and child product liability injuries, is today warning parents that fentanyl pain patches can be extremely dangerous to children. Last month, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning to remind caregivers, parents, and medical providers about the dangers fentanyl pain patches pose to children. Accidental exposure to fentanyl pain patches has resulted in serious injuries, and even deaths, among children due to fentanyl overdose, according to the agency. An overdose of fentanyl can cause death by slowing breathing and increasing the levels of carbon dioxide in the blood. [http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm300803.htm?utm_campaign=Google2&utm_source=fdaSearch&utm_medium=website&utm_term=fentanyl%20patch&utm_content=1
Alonso Krangle LLP is offering free lawsuit consultations to families of children injured by fentanyl pain patches, or children injured by unsafe products, dangerous toys, defective drugs and defective medical devices. To discuss a potential lawsuit with one of the experienced and compassionate child safety lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP, please contact us at 1-800-403-6191 or visit our website, FightForVictims.com.
Fentanyl pain patches deliver a constant dose of fentanyl, a powerful opiod painkiller. The devices are approved to treat patients in constant pain by releasing the medicine over the course of three days. Fentanyl pain patches are sold under the Duragesic brand name by Johnson & Johnson. The patches are also sold as generic products by a number of companies.
According to the FDA, the agency recently evaluated a series of 26 cases of pediatric accidental exposures to fentanyl patches reported over the past 15 years. Of these 26 cases, ten resulted in death and 12 in hospitalization. Sixteen of the 26 cases occurred in children two years old or younger.
The agency pointed out that the curiosity and mobility of young children make them particularly vulnerable to fentanyl pain patch injuries. Small children often find lost patches, take improperly discarded patches from the trash, or find improperly stored patches, all of which may result in the devices being placed in their mouths or sticking to their skin. Young children can even be exposed to fentanyl while being held by someone wearing a partially detached patch which can then transfer to the child. Serious adverse events can also occur when a child comes in contact with a used patch which still contains a considerable amount of fentanyl, the FDA said.
To reduce the risk that children will accidently come in contact with a fentanyl pain patch, the FDA recommends that patch users and their caregivers take these precautions:
Keep fentanyl patches and other drugs in a secure location that is out of children’s sight and reach. Toddlers may think the patch is a sticker, tattoo or bandage.
Consider covering the fentanyl patch with an adhesive film to make sure the patch doesn’t come off your body.
Throughout the day, make sure—either by touching it or looking at it—that the patch is still in place.
Alonso Krangle LLP Child Safety Campaign
Alonso Krangle LLP is committed to protecting the legal rights of children injured by unsafe products, dangerous toys, and defective drugs and medical devices. Every year, defective products, drugs and medical devices injure thousands of children:
There were an estimated 251,700 toy-related injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments in 2010. [cpsc.gov/library/toymemo10.pdf]
A total of 81,700 children under 5 were injured in 2010 because of dangerous nursery products, including cribs, infant carriers, strollers and high chairs [cpsc.gov/library/foia/foia12/os/nursery10.pdf].
Dangerous playground equipment caused 2,691 injuries, including 40 deaths, between 2008 and 2011. [http://www.cpsc.gov/library/foia/foia10/os/playground.pdf
In 2010, a study published in the journal Pediatrics found that injuries from medical devices send more than 70,000 children and teens to the emergency room every year. [pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2010/07/26/peds.2010-0528.abstract]
According to a report issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in March, more than 9,000 children die each year from unintentional injuries such as poisoning. Prescription drug overdose is the most common form of poisoning among teens, according to the report. [cdc.gov/media/releases/2012/p0416_children_deathrate.html]
If your child sustained a serious injury due to a dangerous product, drug or medical device, your family may be able to file a lawsuit seeking compensation from the manufacturer, supplier and others who brought the dangerous item to market. To discuss a potential lawsuit with one of the experienced and compassionate child safety lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP, please contact us at 1-800-403-6191 or visit our website, http://www.FightForVictims.com.
About Alonso Krangle LLP
Andres Alonso and David Krangle, attorneys with almost 40 years of collective legal experience, have focused their law practice on the handling of significant product liability cases, defective drug and medical device litigation, construction site accidents, nursing home abuse, medical negligence, qui tam/whistleblower actions and consumer fraud cases. A national law firm representing injured victims throughout the U.S., Alonso Krangle LLP is headquartered in Long Island, New York, with offices in New York City, and plans to open additional locations in New Jersey.
For more information about Alonso Krangle or to join the fight and be a part of our team, please contact us at 1-800-403-6191 or visit our website, http://www.FightForVictims.com.
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