Fentanyl is the most powerful pain medication on the prescription market. It is 50 times more potent than heroin, and 50 – 100 times more potent than morphine! Many have heard of Fentanyl because of the association with Michael Jackson’s death. It is commonly used to induce anesthesia in surgery.
The Fentanyl Patch
A Fentanyl patch is a drug patch similar to the patch that many people are familiar with that delivers a smoking cessation drug. However, instead of delivering a smoking cessation drug, the Fentanyl patch delivers powerful opioid pain medication.
Fentanyl patches must be applied carefully and monitored. Should an uncontrolled or unintended amount of Fentanyl be administered, serious and unintended side effects may occur, including permanent brain damage and death.
Oregon attorney Tim Jones PC represented a hospital patient and his family after the victim suffered serious and permanent brain damage as a result of over prescribing Fentanyl. Health care professionals made the devastating mistake.
Medication errors cause at least one death every day and injure approximately 1.3 million people annually in the United States. If you or a loved one has sustained serious personal injury due to a medication error or hospital negligence, contact an Oregon attorney experienced in bringing medical negligence legal claims.