Families File Suits Over Pain Patch Deaths


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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The families of two Utah women who died after taking pain patches have filed wrongful death lawsuits against the manufacturers of the patches.

The family of 42-year-old Gina Dansie, of Salt Lake County, and 56-year-old Victoria Price, of Tooele County, have filed lawsuits against the companies, Alza Corporation and Janssen Pharmaceutica.

Family members claim the patches leaked and caused the deaths of both women in December 2003.

The lawsuits claim seven counts of wrongful death, including product liability and negligence for failing to adequately research and design the patch before placing it on the market.

The families of both women are seeking punitive damages, as well as damages to pay for medical and funeral costs.

The patches are designed to deliver the pain killer fentanyl in controlled areas. ------

A third lawsuit was also filed earlier this month by the family of 72-year-old Marilyn Titus, who died two years ago, just two months after using the patch.

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Information from: Deseret Morning News

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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