Fentanyl Patches Can Be Deadly To Children, FDA Warns

Law360, New York (April 19, 2012, 6:08 PM EDT) -- Children exposed to pain relief patches containing fentanyl can die or become seriously ill, and adults should make sure the medication is safely out of their reach, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday.

The FDA said it recently evaluated a series of 26 cases of pediatric accidental exposures to fentanyl patches reported since 1997. Of those cases, 10 resulted in death and 12 in hospitalization. Sixteen of the cases involved children 2 years old or younger.

“These types of events are tragic; you never...
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