Fentanyl opioid patches recalled for dosing error

WWL - Two lots of a transdermal patch used for delivery of the synthetic opioid Fentanyl have been recalled because the patches inside some cartons may contain a different dosage than the carton states. It could lead to potentially life-threatening consequences.

Alvogen, Inc, is voluntarily recalling certain lots of Fentanyl Transdermal System 12 mcg/h transdermal patches. The company says a small number of cartons contained 50 mcg/h patches.

The patches themselves do say 50 mcg/h, but if a patient who purchased the 12 mcg/h carton doesn't notice this and uses the 50 mcg/h patch, it could lead to "serious, life-threatening, or fatal respiratory depression," according to the recall.