A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed in Madison County Circuit Court. It is filed by Sue Daniels on December 20, 2010. The lawsuit alleges that use of Fentanyl led to death of plaintiff’s husband.

Fentanyl is a narcotic drug used as a painkiller. It is an opioid pain killer drug. It is used for treatment of pain due to breakthrough of cancer, when other medications fail to control it. It is meant for only cancer related pain and is not for normal pain. Doctors prescribe it for other purposes based on their clinical judgment.

Use of Fentanyl could lead to many severe side effects. It could lead to breathing problems, fainting, light-headedness, easy bruising or bleeding, low blood pressure, increased intracranial pressure, respiratory depression, seizure, allergic reactions such as rash, itching or swelling of the face, tongue and throat, hives, difficulty breathing, urination problems, mood changes or hallucinations. It could also lead to abdominal problems.

The lawsuit has been filed against Medtronic Inc., Piasa Pain Center, LLC, Alton Memorial Hospital, Dr. Wynndel T. Buenger, and Dr. Thomas B. Brummett. This lawsuit not only blames manufacturer but also the clinic and doctors responsible for prescription and administration of this lethal drug.

The lawsuit claims that husband of plaintiff Sue Daniels died due to an injection of a fatal dose of Fentanyl. It alleges that the injection was administered by a defective drug pump. Fentanyl is a powerful painkiller and its overdose could lead to fatal results.

The lawsuits asks for judgment against all the defendants namely Medtronic Inc., Piasa Pain Center, LLC, Alton Memorial Hospital, Dr. Wynndel T. Buenger, and Dr. Thomas B. Brummett, in this case for manufacturing defective product and administering the lethal doses to the deceased man.

The lawsuit states that Tony Daniels, husband of the plaintiff, Sue Daniels died due to a fentanyl injection given by a defective SynchroMed II pump. He was being treated at Piasa, when he got this injection in 2009.  Later, Daniels was treated at Alton Memorial Hospital after fentanyl overdose. But due to overdose of Fentanyl there were severe brain and lung injuries. It resulted in his death on November 16, 2010.

Infusion pumps are small medical devices that are used to deliver drugs into the body. The lawsuit alleges that FDA has issued a warning regarding fatal side effects of overdose of Fentanyl earlier, even then this negligence on behalf of doctors and clinic resulted into death of Tony Daniels.

The lawsuit accused Medtronic of producing a defective device and charged it with product liability and accused Piasa of medical negligence. The lawsuit charges Alton Hospital of medical malpractice as it did not treat the patient on time and it resulted into his death.

Studies have shown that overdose of Fentanyl could produce fatal results such as brain injuries or even death of the patient using it. FDA had also issued a warning of fatal results of overdose of Fentanyl in form of patches or injections.