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Family Files Lawsuit Over Recalled Drug Patch

Apr 21, 2004 | AP A lawsuit claims a pain medication patch contributed to the death of a Maryland woman, who drowned in her bathtub.

The family of 51-year-old Patricia Wroten is suing Johnson and Johnson and a subsidiary that makes the Duragesic patch. The suit seeks $25-million.

The suit claims the patch leaked dangerous levels of opiates into the woman's body in February. They say she was washing her hair in the tub when the effects of the drug hit her, causing her to pass out and drown.

The Johnson and Johnson subsidiary had recalled a batch of the patches that same month after finding that some of them leaked medication along one edge.

The lawsuit says the patch worn by Wroten when she died was from the recalled lot but that a warning of the problem came only after her death.

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