Possible Zecuity Migraine Patch Lawsuit after Recall: Users Suffer Burns & Scarring


Medical Device Defect

As if having a migraine wasn’t bad enough – what if you suffered burns and scars due to a defective medical device? Unfortunately, that’s the fate for the many migraine sufferers who used the Zecuity migraine patch marketed by Teva Pharmaceuticals. Many patients have suffered pain, burning and permanent scarring after applying the patch to their skin. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that the manufacturer has taken steps to investigate the cause of the burns and prevent further injuries.

Symptoms Include

Zecuity, also known as a (sumatriptan) Iontophoretic Transdermal System, is a patch that delivers migraine medication through the skin. The patch, which is placed on the thigh or upper arm, is battery-powered and disposable. Adverse reactions to the patch, reported by Zecuity patients, include:

  • Burning sensation
  • Severe redness
  • Blisters
  • Welts

Although these reactions typically resolved themselves in the hours after the patch was removed, some of these side effects persisted for weeks. In rare instances, patients reported experiencing skin discoloration months later, even permanent scarring.

Sales will cease

Teva Pharmaceuticals, which began marketing Zecuity in September 2015, announced on June 12, 2016, that it will cease sales, marketing and distribution of the patch for the time being. The company has also voluntarily pulled the product from pharmacy shelves and is working closely with the FDA to resolve the issues and investigate the root cause of these adverse events. Further regulatory action may be required. The company, which acquired NuPathe, manufacturer of Zecuity, for $114 million in 2014, states that the health and wellbeing of consumers is its top priority.

What you should do

Patients can avoid serious reactions, by regularly checking on the skin surrounding the patch. Those who experience any of the above side effects should immediately discontinue use. The longer the patch remains on the skin, the more likely burn injury and scarring is to occur. Avoid all contact with water. Do not swim, shower or bathe while wearing the patch. Affected patients should contact their healthcare provider, as soon as possible to request an alternative form of migraine medication.

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