Fentanyl Pain Patch Recalled
Voluntary Recall of Duragesic and Generic Fentanyl Patch Due to Overdose Risk
Feb. 13, 2008 -- Certain prescription skin patches containing the painkiller fentanyl are being recalled because of possible
The voluntary recall applies to the following products with an expiration
date on or before December 2009:
- Duragesic pain patch sold by PriCara in
the U.S. in the 25 mcg/hr (micrograms per hour) strength
- Generic fentanyl patches sold in the U.S. by Sandoz in the 25 mcg/hr
- 25 mcg/hr fentanyl patches made by Alza Corp. and sold in
Duragesic and fentanyl patches in other strengths aren't being recalled.
All of the recalled patches were made by Alza Corp., an affiliate of
PriCara, which is a division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals. PriCara
announced the recalls in a news release.
Recall Is a 'Precaution'
In its news release, PriCara explains that the recall is a precaution
because some of the recalled patches may have a cut along one side of the
patch's drug reservoir.
That cut could expose patients or caregivers directly to the drug. Such
exposure may lead to serious adverse events, including respiratory depression [problems with breathing] and overdose, which
may be fatal, states PriCara.
Fentanyl Pain Patch Recall: What to Do
Here's what PriCara says to do if you've got the recalled patches:
- If you have a recalled Duragesic patch, call PriCara at (800)
- If you have a recalled Sandoz patch, call (800) 901-7236.
- If you have patches with cut edges, flush them down the toilet. Do
not handle the patches directly.
- If you come in contact with fentanyl gel, use large amounts of water --
without soap -- to thoroughly rinse the area.