On October 21, 2010, the FDA notified healthcare professionals, directing a recall after laboratory testing identified an Actavis fentanyl patch that released its active ingredient faster than the approved specification. An accelerated release of fentanyl can lead to adverse events for patients, including excessive sedation, respiratory depression, hypoventilation (slow breathing), suspension of breathing and most seriously, death. The FDA recall includes several lots of fentanyl pain patches manufactured by Actavis.
These patches look similar to a medium sized, square band-aid, and contain a powerful prescription painkiller called fentanyl. Fentanyl pain patches are used to treat persistent, moderate to severe chronic pain, that requires continuous, around the clock delivery of medication, not managed by other means. The recalled fentanyl patches subject to the October 21, 2010 notice, is manufactured for Actavis by Corium International in the United States.
This is not the first time concerns with fentanyl pain patches have caught the attention of the FDA. In December 2009, the FDA put out its second warning in two years about the dangers of misusing the powerful drug and warned of defects in patches of other manufacturers such as Mylan and Johnson and Johnson (Durgesic). At that time, it was estimated that two patches out of every million sold and included in a recall have a defect that causes the leak. Now on October 21, 2010, the FDA issued a new recall on additional patches.
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