Subsys is a highly-addictive opioid painkilling medication that is sprayed under the tongue. Subsys can cause addiction, accidental overdose, and death.
Subsys Overdose Lawsuits
Three Subsys overdose lawsuits have been filed against Dr. Steven Simon, a doctor in Kansas who was paid $200,000 by Insys Pharmaceuticals to promote Subsys.
Lawyers say many patients became addicted, overdosed on Subsys, or died after receiving Subsys prescriptions for unapproved “off-label” uses other than cancer pain. Dr. Simon is accused of quickly prescribing higher and higher doses of Subsys to maximize profits.
Subsys Lawsuit in North Carolina
Insys Pharmaceuticals is also facing a Subsys lawsuit in North Carolina from Attorney General Josh Stein, who accuses the drug-maker of bribing doctors with “speaking fees” to prescribe Subsys.
$4.45 Subsys Lawsuit Settlement
In August 2017, Insys paid a $4.45 million settlement to resolve a Subsys lawsuit in Illinois claiming that Subsys was illegally marketed for “off-label” unapproved uses.
What is Subsys?
Subsys® is a fentanyl mouth-spray made by Insys Pharmaceuticals that was approved in 2012. Subsys is only FDA-approved for cancer patients experiencing severe pain after other pain medications fail.
Subsys Overdoses & Addiction Risks
Subsys is an opioid medication, which means it is highly similar to drugs like morphine and heroin. Over time, people who use Subsys may become physically dependent or addicted to it. Taking too much Subsys can also result in a life-threatening or deadly overdose.
Subsys Overdose Symptoms
- Unusual sleepiness
- Not able to wake up the person who overdosed
- Slow breathing
- Weak or shallow breathing
- Pinpoint pupils in the eyes
- Muscles are weak
- Slurred speech
- Heartbeat is slow, erratic or no heartbeat
- Blue lips or fingernails