Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, better known as ADHD, is a chronic condition that can make an individual impulsive, hyperactive, and have difficulties with focus. Symptoms for ADHD include difficulty following instructions, fidgeting, difficulties with memory, and disorganization. Many medications are on the market to help relieve the ADHD symptoms such as Daytrana.
Daytrana is a skin patch containing medication used to treat ADHD symptoms. The patch is placed on an individual’s hip every day, allowing for the medication to be absorbed through the skin. One patch, left on the skin for up to nine hours, decreases restlessness and increases a person’s ability to focus.
What are the Side Effects of Daytrana?
In 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, announced it received approximately 51 cases of chemical leukoderma from individuals using Daytrana. Chemical leukoderma is the changing of skin color. The 51 cases were reported over an 8-year period. Chemical leukoderma can start the first time the individual uses the patch. In some cases, it may take years for skin color to change.
While, the condition is not always immediately harmful or life-threatening, it can present various challenges and issues. For instance, the condition may permanently disfigure an individual because it changes the color of their skin. The lighter hue can cause emotional distress in a person if they are uncomfortable with the change in skin tone. The change may also lead to the person being bullied or harassed because of it. Other side effects of Daytrana can include:
- Dizziness and headaches;
- Mood swings and other emotional/psychological issues;
- Muscular or nerve-related tics; and/or
- Vomiting, stomach pain, nausea, weight loss, and loss of appetite.
These patches should also be carefully prescribed to individuals with a history of drug abuse. There is a high chance of dependence which can lead to issues with mental health. Physicians that are aware of the patient’s history should carefully monitor and check in with the patient to make sure the patch does not have any serious, negative impact.
What is a Failure to Warn?
It has been suggested that the manufacturer of Daytrana has failed to warn users of the patch about the potential of chemical leukoderma that is associated with the patch.
A manufacturer has the responsibility to warn consumers about all potentials dangers associated with using a product. If the manufacturer fails to adequately warn consumers about the potential harms that are associated with a product, a consumer can file a product liability lawsuit or class action lawsuit against the manufacturer for the harm caused by not being properly warned.
Failure to warn lawsuits are part of a broader category of injury laws known as defective product laws. Defective product lawsuits typically result in a compensatory damages award for the injured party. In the case of a Daytrana lawsuit, damages may cover costs of medical treatment, damages for emotional distress, and various other monetary losses.
What Could Limit My Damages for an Injury from Daytrana?
Daytrana, like other medications, have specific directions and instructions. While it might be tempting to skip over the instructions or cut corners, if you ignore explicit warnings and are injured from it, then you may have limited your ability to collect damages.
For example, Daytrana specifically says that the user should not cut the patches, they should only place it on the hip area, and they should not be reapplied if they fall off. The patch can fall off if exposed to water, users should not expose it to heat sources like a hair dryer, and should only wear it for 9 hours.
There are also explicit instructions that the use of these patches should be supervised if the patient has a history of drug/alcohol dependence. It’s important that you are honest with your physician about any history of drug abuse, as you can be held contributorily negligent for any injury from the patch if you fail to mind Daytrana’s warnings.
Should I Talk to an Attorney About the Daytrana Side Effects?
If you or a loved one has experienced any injuries because of the Daytrana medication, you may need to talk to a personal injury attorney near you. An injury attorney in your area can advise you on how to proceed and can represent you during court meetings.