FDA Suspects Fentanyl Patches in 3,500 Deaths

Friday’s advisory reinforced an FDA alert from 2005

Friday’s advisory reinforced an FDA earlier alert from 2005

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new warning on Friday regarding the popular painkiller fentanyl, basically a re-issue of its 2005 warning. The FDA estimates that the patch version of the potent painkiller may have been involved in more than 3,500 deaths.

Fentanyl patches (brand name Duragesic) are typically prescribed to patients with chronic pain, or to those who have trouble swallowing pills. The patch’s transdermal system releases a uniform dosage of the drug over the course of three days.

I think there is more that needs to be done, or else we’re just going to see this [warning] happen again another two years from now… the deaths are going to continue.”

-Michael Cohen, Institute for Safe Medication Practices (PA)

The FDA also warns that heat and exercise can cause the patches to release the drug at a faster and potentially lethal rate. Patients who experience breathing problems while using fentanyl should call their doctors immediately, because high doses of the drug can cause the patients respiratory system to fail.

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One Response to “FDA Suspects Fentanyl Patches in 3,500 Deaths”

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