If you or a loved one has been harmed by the powerful prescription medication, Actiq (fentanyl citrate), it is important to act quickly to protect your rights under the law. You may be eligible for a substantial cash award settlement as compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages and more. To learn more about your eligibility, talk to our board certified, Actiq drug injury lawyer at Roberts & Roberts, a nationally recognized firm that gets results. The consultation is free, potentially life-changing, and can be scheduled by calling us at (903) 597-6000.
Actiq contains fentanyl, a narcotic that is approximately 100 times more potent than morphine. Commonly known as a fentanyl lollipop, Actiq utilizes a lozenge on a stick, oral delivery method. Patients quickly absorb the potentially lethal opioid into their bloodstream by sucking on the lozenge.
Actiq had won FDA approval in 1998, but only for use by opioid tolerant cancer patients for whom no other analgesic could provide adequate relief for their severe pain. It is estimated, however, that up to 80% of Actiq users do not suffer from cancer, but have been prescribed the drug for a wide variety of off-label (non-FDA approved) uses that include relief from knee or other joint pain, chronic back pain, headaches and more.
Various lawsuits have alleged that the drug’s manufacturer, Cephalon, Inc., has instructed its sales representatives to aggressively promote the off-label use of Actiq by strongly encouraging physicians to prescribe the drug for non-cancer related use. Such unethical and unsafe marketing practices have led to serious side effect injuries, the most common being narcotic overdoses, many of which have resulted in death.
If you or a loved one has been injured by Actiq, prompt action is required to protect time sensitive eligibility for a cash settlement award. Don’t wait until it’s too late.
Talk to a Texas personal injury lawyer at Roberts & Roberts by calling us at (903) 597-6000 to schedule your no-cost or obligation consultation. If you qualify for a cash award, with our drug injury lawyer on your side, you’ll get results!