Dangerous Use of Narcotic Candy ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Dangerous Use of Narcotic Candy

Actiq, a narcotic drug approved for use in cancer patients, is reportedly being prescribed by many doctors for off-label use. While off-label use of the drug is not illegal, drug companies are not allowed to market them for that purpose. Actiq, which is made in the form of a lollipop, is a very powerful painkiller. Drug makers Cephalon, Inc. pitch Actiq to a variety of doctors, not just oncologists, even providing coupons for free samples. The narcotic is controversial because of ingredient Fentanyl, which is reported to have a high potential for abuse and risk of fatal overdose. It has reportedly been linked with 127 deaths so far. The U.S. attorney's office in Philadelphia is investigating Cephalon, for its marketing practices.

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