Johnson & Johnson has issued a voluntary recall for about 32 million units of its popular pain patch Duragesic, due to concerns that manufacturing problems may lead to accidental overdose. The recall affects all 25 microgram per hour patches sold in the United States by the PriCara Unit of Johnson & Johnson.
Fentanyl, an opioid in Duragesic, may cause respiratory problems or death by overdose. Several lawsuits have been filed against Duragesic over the years, with a case yielding a $5.5 million verdict in summer of last year. Nonetheless, a PriCara spokesman insisted that the product was overall safe and beneficial to the market.
Duragesic registered $1.16 billion in sales in 2007.
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