A prescription drug is medicine that cannot be legally obtained without receiving a prescription from a medical professional. One type of prescription drug is commonly called a painkiller. A prescription painkiller is supposed to relieve pain. However, when it causes injury to the individual taking the medication, it can be described as a defective product.
What Is an Actiq Lollipop?
Actiq is a type of powerful narcotic pain reliever available in lollipop form. The Actiq lozenge portion of the lollipop, manufactured by Cephalon, Inc., delivers pain relieve via the bloodstream. An individual can place the drug between their gum and cheek to receive instance pain relief. Actiq is also available by injection or transdermal patches.
What Is the Active Ingredient in Actiq?
Fentanyl citrate is the active ingredient in the Actiq lollipop. This active ingredient is highly addictive. The narcotic is approximately 80 times more potent than morphine, which is a well-known and highly addictive painkiller.
Why Was Actiq Approved?
The FDA approved the drug in 1998 to treat the severe pain that cancer patients experienced. Medical professionals have also begun prescribing the narcotic lollipop for non-cancer-related pain.
What Are Negative Side Effects Associated with Actiq Lollipops?
Side effects of the drug include:
- Respiratory conditions
Has Anyone Died from Taking Actiq?
Yes. More than 100 people have died from the severe side effects of the drug. This alone is enough to suggest that the Actiq lollipop may be a defective product.
What Is a Defective Product?
A defective product is any type of product that causes pain to a person because of:
- Design defect
- Defective manufacturing
- Faulty labeling
What Must I Prove to Win an Actiq Lollipop Lawsuit?
In order to win a lawsuit against the manufacturer of Actiq lollipops, a plaintiff must prove:
- Actiq had an unreasonably dangerous defect such as a severe side effect
- The side effect caused an injury to the plaintiff while they used the lollipop in the way the manufacturer intended
- The lollipop had not been changed in terms of the medication or how the medication was delivered to the bloodstream after the plaintiff purchased it
Do I Need to Talk to a Lawyer for an Actiq Lollipop Lawsuit?
Actiq can be an incredibly dangerous product, especially in lollipop form, even when you are taking it according to your prescription instructions. Talk to a personal injury lawyer if you or a loved one has been injured by Actiq. The lawyer can file a defective product or wrongful death lawsuit on your behalf.