Fentanyl pain medication patches have been recalled this week due to a flaw that allows the very potent opiod medication to come in direct contact with the patient using the patch, proving to be potentially deadly.
The patches have been sold in the United States under the brand name Duragesic and sold generically as fentanyl by Sandoz, Inc. The recall actually includes all 25-microgram-per-hour patches with expiration dates on or before December 2009.
If you have these patches, flush them down the toilet immediately to prevent anyone in your home from coming in contact with them. If the fentanyl gel leaks into the drug’s packaging, it could cause a patient or caregiver to come into direct contact with this powerful “opioid” drug. This could result in difficulty breathing and a potentially fatal overdose.
For details on patches sold by PriCara, please call 800.547.6446. For details on generic patches sold by Sandoz, please call 800.901.7236.