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Health Agencies Update
August 24/31, 2005

Fentanyl Patch Advisory

JAMA. 2005;294(8):893. doi:10.1001/jama.294.8.893-c

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a public health advisory regarding the safe use of transdermal fentanyl patches for pain control. Deaths and overdoses have occurred in patients using both brand name and generic products, which contain an opioid analgesic medication.

The agency has also issued a patient information sheet and an alert to health care professionals that indicate safety precautions for the use of fentanyl patches, such as proper patch application, safeguards for children, and proper storage and disposal.

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