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Pharmacy to pay after woman burned 0

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

A pharmacy has been order to pay $29,000 for a woman's injuries. (FOTOLIA)

A pharmacy has been order to pay $29,000 for a woman's injuries. (FOTOLIA)

The B.C. Supreme Court is ordering a pharmacy to pay $29,000 to a woman who suffered a serious burn on her thigh — which required skin grafting — after using a pain relief patch manufactured in Japan and distributed in Canada.

Noelle Dionne Nogueira estimated she had the patch on for less than an hour when “it felt like her skin was burning,” the court described.

“When she removed the patch, affected skin came off with the patch. It was ‘all gooey’ and ‘extremely painful,’” according to the court.

She had to later go into surgery for skin grafting to fix the damage, which took a month to heal.

The patches are distributed by Sanofi Consumer Health Canada Inc. — about three million have been sold since 2007.

The court ordered O. Alasaly Pharmacy Ltd. to pay the costs.

 

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