Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Move over Johnson and Johnson: Another Company Recalls Pain Patch

Actavis, another big pharmaceutical company is recalling its pain patches because of a flaw that could cause patients or caregivers to overdose. The Actavis pain patches have the same defect that Johnson & Johnson Duragesic pain patch have; where there could be a tear in the fold of the pain patch causing the pain gel to leak.

The Actavis patch recall covers 14 lots of patches. Actavis and its former name Abrika Pharmaceuticals is listed on packaging. Do you wonder that perhaps all the pain patches that have the fentanyl pain gel in the reservoir are prone to leakage? It wouldn’t be the first time that this model of pain patch has had the problem. Does one design flaw have a domino effect?

See: http://www.fiercepharma.com/story/mylan-steps-into-pain-patch-void/2008-02-26

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