Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Jury Rules Duragesic Pain Patch Killed Woman

38-year-old Jerry DiCosolo died in 2004 while using a Duragesic Pain Patch to treat pain she suffered as a result of a neurological problem. A jury has found the makers of the Duragesic Pain Patch liable for DiCosolo’s death and has ordered Johnson & Johnson subsidiaries, Janssen Pharmaceutica Inc. and ALZA Corp, to pay the woman’s family $16.6 million. Fentanyl-containing Duragesic Pain Patches and similar products are meant to treat persistent, moderate to severe chronic pain in opioid-tolerant patients 2 years of age or older. Fentanyl is a highly addictive opiate that is 80 times more potent than morphine. Over the past several years, problems with Duragesic patches have resulted in several recalls. Last February, about 32 million Duragesic Pain Patches were recalled because of concerns that they could be defective. According to the recall notice, there was a chance that some 25-microgram-per-hour patches might have had a sliced edge in the pouch that contains the fentanyl gel, which could result in the gel leaking. It was estimated that the defect could have affected 2 out of every one million patches.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Sony Laptop Battery Recall

Sometimes due to manufacturer faulty parts our electronics can be dangerous. Sony has put out a laptop battery recall for the concern that they may be able to burn and start a fire if left on too long. Sony has asked anyone with Lenovo, HP, Acer, and Compaq notebooks from 2004 and 2005 to turn them in for battery replacement. What started as a recall of 35,000 batteries last week has now hit at least 100,000 (75,000 of which are HP-related) and now includes Li-ion batteries used in some Lenovo and Acer laptops as well as the original list of Dells, HPs, and Toshibas.