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Duragesic Trials Continue - Plaintiffs Optimistic After Latest Recall

Thursday, February 14, 2008 General News J E 4
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LOS ANGELES, Feb. 13 In the wake of Tuesday's Duragesicrecall of over 2 million patches, lawyer Ike Gulas prepares to take the nextmajor case against pharmaceutical giant Johnson and Johnson to trial inCalifornia State Court Southeast District in Los Angeles.

The Birmingham, Ala.-based law firm Gulas & Stuckey PC took the firstDuragesic case to federal trial in West Palm Beach in June 2007, winning a$5.5 million verdict for the family of Adam Hendelson who died from anoverdose of the drug fentanyl when the patch he wore due to chronic hip painleaked.

The family of Carol Pinedo will be the second of Gulas & Stuckey's clientsto face Johnson & Johnson subsidiaries Janssen Pharmaceutica Products, LP, andALZA Corp. in court over death resulting from the company's pain patchDuragesic.

Pinedo died in April 2004, the same month Janssen issued a recall of about2.2 million patches after determining that some might leak along one edge.She was 39 at the time and had been wearing a Duragesic patch for 6 months astreatment for severe migraines following the removal of benign brain tumors.

Pinedo's husband Joseph, has brought the suit forward to Gulas & Stuckeyafter his wife's death. Joseph is a custodian for the Los Angeles schoolsystem with four children: Jessie Marie, Michelle, Christine and NatalieAngela.

"The manufacturers of this drug should be held accountable," said IkeGulas. "This recent recall reaffirms the fact that this drug is lethal and isresponsible for many unnecessary deaths, as in the case of Carol Pinedo."

More than 100 cases have been filed nationwide involving Duragesic. Gulas& Stuckey will take the Pinedo case to trial sometime later this year.

For more information about Duragesic and about Gulas & Stuckey, P.C., goto http://www.gulasandstuckey.com/PracticeAreas/duragesic.asp.

SOURCE Gulas & Stuckey, P.C.
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