Actiq Lollipop (Fentanyl Citrate)

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Actiq Lollipop (Fentanyl Citrate)

Actiq is a powerful painkiller in the form of a lollipop. The drug is absorbed through the cheek, which makes the drug work faster than swallowing a pill. The active ingredient in Actiq is fentanyl citrate, a highly addictive opioid painkiller 80 to 100 times more powerful than morphine. The lollipop has a berry flavor and comes in five different color plastic handles to indicate the dosage.

The FDA approved the drug in 1998 for opioid-tolerant cancer patients whose pain could not be managed by other narcotic analgesics. But recently, Actiq lozenges are being used for many other types of pain not initially indicated by the manufacturer, mainly head and back aches. In fact, very few of the prescriptions written for the drug are for cancer patients. The company who manufactures Actiq lozenges, Cephalon, Inc., pitches the drug to a variety of doctors, not just oncologists. Off-label prescription of Actiq is neither uncommon nor illegal, but it can have dangerous consequences. Actiq lollipops have been associated with 127 deaths and there have been 91 FDA reported incidents of severe side effects.

Abuse of Actiq has become a problem as well. On the street the drug is called perc-o-pops. There have been 47 deaths linked to overdose and misuse of the Actiq lozenge. Two of the deaths involved children who mistook the drug for candy. The drug has a high potential for addiction, abuse and fatal overdose, so patients must exercise extreme caution when taking this painkiller.

More recent and serious evidence of fentanyl's potency has been proven. In 2007, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices and the Division of Public Health Sciences, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, conducted a longitudinal Adverse Events Reporting System Review of the U.S. FDA's most dangerous drugs.
The study found fentanyl to be one of the most dangerous drugs on the market with the second highest number of suspect drug deaths.  Over the eight years of the study, fentanyl was by far one of the most lethal drugs on the market responsible for over 3,500 deaths in an 8-year period.

See your doctor if you have experienced serious side effects associated with use of Actiq lozenges. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit. Attorneysassociated with InjuryBoard.com will evaluate your case free of charge.

 

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  1. Painkillers: Overview
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