LOGAN, Utah (AP) — The family of a late Hyde Park woman has sued a pharmaceutical company, claiming it made a faulty pain-relief patch that caused her death.
Logan's Herald Journal reports (http://bit.ly/vZ9Ix2 ) the family of Janine Ward filed the lawsuit Monday in 3rd District Court against the ALZA Corp. of Vacaville, Calif.
The complaint says Ward died in May 2010 after a transdermal patch leaked dangerous doses of the painkiller fentanyl.
Toxicology reports showed she had a lethal level of fentanyl in her blood when she died.
ALZA is owned by Johnson & Johnson, which issued a statement Sunday extending its sympathy to her husband, Preston, over the death.
The company says the patch is a safe and effective treatment for chronic pain, but has benefits and risks like all prescription medications.
Information from: The Herald Journal, http://www.hjnews.com