Infection from alcohol prep pad basis for product liability claim against Teva Pharmaceuticals

By Jon Campisi | Jun 15, 2012

A New Jersey woman is suing Teva Pharmaceuticals for injuries she allegedly sustained

after using an alcohol prep pad manufactured by the defendant.

Newtown, Pa., attorney Christopher J. Culleton, of the firm Swartz Culleton, filed the product liability complaint June 13 at Philadelphia’s Court of Common Pleas on behalf of Hamilton, N.J., resident Patricia Lawrence and her husband, Art Lawrence.

The complaint alleges that Patricia Lawrence suffered a local site infection on her body after using a Teva-manufactured Triad alcohol prep pad back on Jan. 24, 2011.

Lawrence, who has multiple sclerosis, was preparing to give herself an injection at the time, and had been using the alcohol pad to prepare her skin for the shot, the lawsuit states.

Lawrence ended up developing an infection in her upper hip that later became systemic, the lawsuit claims. She also suffered other “severe and permanent” bodily injuries, scarring, throat symptoms requiring an upper endoscopy, as well as aches, pains, mental anguish and anxiety and a shock to her nervous system.

As a result of the ordeal, Lawrence had to spend various sums of money on medical attention, she suffered earnings losses and her daily activities have been affected, the complaint alleges.

The lawsuit contains counts of negligence, strict liability and breach of warranty.

There is also a loss of consortium count on behalf of the plaintiff’s husband.

The suit claims that the alcohol prep pads, which were later recalled, were defectively manufactured.

The plaintiffs accuse Teva Pharmaceuticals of carelessly and negligently distributing, supplying, installing, designing, manufacturing and selling the Triad pads in a dangerous condition, failing to warn of the dangers of the product, failing to use due care and caution under the circumstances and other acts and omissions constituting negligence.

For each of the various counts listed in the lawsuit, the plaintiffs seek damages in excess of $50,000.

A jury trial is being demanded.


The case ID number is 120601645. 

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