How Does Buprenorphine Work?

Buprenorphine is used in medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to help people reduce or quit their use of opiates, according to the National Alliance of Advocates
for Buprenorphine Treatment (NAABT). The drug is designed to work by:

  • Lowering the potential for misuse
  • Diminishing the effects of physical dependence to opioids, such as withdrawal symptoms and cravings
  • Increasing safety in cases of overdose

Which Products Contain Buprenorphine?

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the following buprenorphine products:

  • Bunavail (buprenorphine and naloxone) buccal film
  • Suboxone (buprenorphine and naloxone) film
  • Zubsolv (buprenorphine and naloxone) sublingual tablets
  • Buprenorphine-containing transmucosal products for opioid dependency

What’s the Problem?

We currently have a dire public health crisis in the U.S., as the opioid epidemic has reached catastrophic proportions. An estimated 55,000 people in the U.S. die each year from a drug overdose, and 60% of these deaths are caused by opioids. The jump in fatalities over the past 15 years has been staggering, a more than 3-fold increase.

Many victims of America’s opioid epidemic are filing lawsuits against physicians, pharmacists, and drug wholesalers. They claim that these doctors and entities caused or contributed to their addictions to prescription painkillers.

Opioid Overdose Symptoms

  • Confusion / delirium
  • Vomiting
  • Beady eyes
  • Extreme sleepiness / inability to “wake up”
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Breathing problems (slowed or irregular breathing)
  • Respiratory arrest (absence of breathing)
  • Cold, clammy skin, or bluish skin around the lips or under the fingernails (jaundice)

Which Other Drugs are Opioids?

In addition to buprenorphine, other medications that contain opioids include:

  • Codeine
  • Darvocet
  • Demerol
  • Dilaudid
  • Diphenoxylate
  • Fentanyl
  • Hydrocodone
  • Hydromorphone
  • Methadone
  • Meperidine
  • Morphine
  • Oxycodone
  • OxyContin
  • Propoxyphene
  • Subsys
  • Vicodin
  • And more

This is What Happens to Your Brain on Opioids: National Geographic Video

Why Our Firm is Filing Individual Suits Instead of a Class Action

Although we are one of the nation’s leading class action firms, Schmidt & Clark, LLP, has decided not to file such a claim in the buprenorphine litigation, and is currently only entering individual claims on behalf of parties with severe injuries. We chose this course because it has been our experience that opioid class action lawsuits often result in higher attorney fees and lower overall payouts, which is something we never want for any of our clients. If you or a loved one had an accidental overdose or other serious injury after taking buprenorphine, you may be entitled to compensation through the filing of an individual claim and we can help. Contact us today to learn more.

Do I Have a Buprenorphine Class Action Lawsuit?

The Class Action Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in buprenorphine lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.

Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you have been victimized by Big Pharma, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and we can help.

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