Johnson & Johnson, Jassen Pharmaceutical and Alza Corporation are being sued in a product liability lawsuit filed by Leigh Ann Cruse. Her husband, Cliff, was allegedly killed by a Duragesic patch that Leigh says was defective. She seeks damages in excess of $250,000.
The Duragesic patch contains fentanyl, a medication that is 100x stronger than morphine. After her husband complained of lower back pain, Dr. Syed Ali prescribed him the patch at 75 mcg every 72 hours. Leigh Ann Cruse states that her husband was wearing the patch at the time of his death.
Thinking he was sleeping, she did not disturb her husband during a long nap. Later, when she could not wake him, he was pronounced dead. The doctors later found that the level of fentanyl in his body was a lethal dose and lead to Cliff’s death.
Cruse is seeking damages for loss of companionship, pain and suffering, and loss of the financial stability that Cliff had provided.