Fentanyl Pain Patch Defects Cause Death

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Fentanyl is a dangerous opioid drug that is 100 times

stronger than morphine. Fentanyl transdermal pain

patches are approved for moderate to severe chronic pain,

and should be prescribed only to patients who are

accustomed to powerful narcotic drugs. Patients and

caregivers who come in contact with a leaking patch may

have difficulty breathing, or potentially be victims of a fatal overdose. Additionally, the FDA has investigated deaths

and life-threatening side effects in patients who never

should have been prescribed the patch. Most recently, in

late December 2008, Johnson & Johnson unit recalls pain

patches over defects in the packaging.

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