Cardiac Arrest Linked to Duragesic Patches

October 11, 2013

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At A Glance

This Alert Affects
Families of patients using the duragesic patch who have died while using the fentanyl patch.
Damages
Duragesic patch malfunctions can lead to the release of an overdose of medicine, resulting in death, coma, or serious long-term complications.
Company(ies)
Johnson & Johnson and others
Additional Details
Duragesic patches are used to treat severe, chronic pain, most commonly in patients. Duragesic patches release medicine that is 80 times stronger than morphine.
Date
The FDA released a public advisory warning about Duragesic patches on July 15, 2005. The warning was updated on Dec. 21, 2007.