Today Actavis South Atlantic LLC announced the recall of several lots of fentanyl pain patches. This is the second recall of fentanyl pain patches in one week’s time. Last week Johnson & Johnson issued a recall of specific lots of 25 microgram per hour Duragesic pain patches, for a risk that the some patches may have a defect that allows the medication to be releases faster than intended, resulting in an possible overdose risk to the patient. A similar defect has prompted the recall of the 25, 50, 75, and 100 microgram per hour patches manufactured by Actavis. The recalled patches have expiration dates between May and August of 2009.
Sold in the United States by Actavis South Atlantic LLC, the newly recalled patches have both this name and the company’s former name, Abrika Pharmaceuticals Inc., on their packaging. The old name is on the pouches that contain the patches and the new name is on the outer carton.
The company advises consumers that damaged patches should not be handled with bare hands and should be flushed down the toilet. Any skin that comes into direct contact with leaking gel should be immediately washed with water.
The company has not received any reports of injury related to this recall.