Veterans Health Administration Patient Safety Alert: Fentanyl Patch Recall


ALZA Corporation and Sandoz Inc. are recalling their Duragesic® 50 mcg/h Fentanyl transdermal patches. A small number of these systems may have a cut along one side of

the drug reservoir. The result is the possibility of gel being released from the gel reservoir into the pouch in which the patch is packaged that will allow patients or caregivers to be directly exposed to Fentanyl gel. Exposure to Fentanyl gel may lead to serious adverse events, including respiratory depression and possible overdose, which may be fatal.

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