Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a reminder to caregivers, patients and healthcare professionals about the potential life-threatening adverse events from accidental exposure of the active ingredient in fentanyl patches.
The FDA stressed the importance of appropriate use, storage, application, and disposal of patches such as Duragesic. The agency recently evaluated 26 cases of pediatric accidental exposures to fentanyl patches reported over the past 15 years and found that ten resulted in deaths and 12 in hospitalization. Sixteen of the 26 cases occurred in children who were two-years-old or younger.
In 2005 and 2006, the FDA alerted the public to the appropriate use and disposal of fentanyl patches after receiving reports of life-threatening adverse events and death related to fentanyl overdose. In 2011, the agency also advised consumers on the proper disposal of fentanyl patches when they were no longer needed.
If you or a loved one has been harmed by a Duragesic patch or another dangerous drug, contact Sokolove Law for a free legal consultation and to find out if a dangerous drug lawyer may be able to help you.