FDA warns about painkiller

Dec 22, 2007 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Concord Monitor

“It's a unique problem with patches because of . . . the way that the drug is delivered to the body and the way that it's metabolized”

The government issued a new safety warning yesterday for a skin patch containing a potent painkiller that has been implicated in hundreds of deaths, saying the patch poses risks that doctors and patients often ... via Concord Monitor

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Needed4Me

Rochester, MI

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Dec 22, 2007
 
Some of us need fentanyl and to us it is death if we do NOT have some way of dealing with the severity of our pain. We are not addicted psychologically... for us... it's just as necessary as eating. Yes, people die from drugs... some drugs are used wrong... some are prescribed wrong. When this happens it creates a huge scare in the press. Put for people like me, we (I) would die from having so much pain that never ever ever stops and at least fentanyl takes the edge off so we (I) do not kill ourselves. People need to look at this side of the drug too!
Amy

Rochester, MI

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Dec 26, 2007
 
Just because a drug may have killed a few people, that is no reason to take it off the market, regulate it more, etc. If you are going to do that, get rid of alcohol which kills way more people than this drug does! oh, and what about smoking?? While we are at it let's get rid of Tylenol too (a lot of people OD on that) and other OTC drugs that more people OD on every year than the people who have died from fentanyl. Seriously, let's put this into perspective.
paul shykora

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Dec 29, 2007
 
HYMMMMM??!! See both sides of this story,too boot!!The FDA is not 100% honest...... The hillbilly farmboy has spoken....
Linda Beach

Port Townsend, WA

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Dec 30, 2007
 
Two years ago I was in a near fatal car wreck, leaving me with back injury and chronic back pain. My doctor will only prescribe Ultram for me and to me its like taking candy. I asked him for something stronger for when the pain is severe. His reply was - "you are clearly just scamming for narcotics". This not only hurt my feelings but caused me to be afraid to even bring up the subject of my severe back pain. I am at my wit's end and further, I am on Medicare/Medicaid, which makes me think I am being treated like a loser, which I am not. Any advice?
Sincerely, Linda - the lady in pain!

“I just saved $$ by switching..”

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Jan 4, 2008
 
Yeah.. that's not cool. It's the venders responsibility to inform the Doctors of this. Doctors make mistakes at times. Then again, it's the pharmacist who really should be informing the patients. When I worked in a pharmacy, We would have Doctors asking the RX about drugs. At first I found it amusing but in fact, Pharmacist are more knowledgeable about drugs. But Pharmacists should never inform a patient of alternatives. I have seen that a few times. It's very unprofessional of them.

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Since: Jan 08

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Jan 4, 2008
 
BTW.. I wanted to add this.

"hundreds of deaths" When I see the word "Hundreds", I think of maybe 3,4 or 8 or 9 hundred. Not 3500.

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Jan 5, 2008
 
Linda Beach wrote:
Two years ago I was in a near fatal car wreck, leaving me with back injury and chronic back pain. My doctor will only prescribe Ultram for me and to me its like taking candy. I asked him for something stronger for when the pain is severe. His reply was - "you are clearly just scamming for narcotics". This not only hurt my feelings but caused me to be afraid to even bring up the subject of my severe back pain. I am at my wit's end and further, I am on Medicare/Medicaid, which makes me think I am being treated like a loser, which I am not. Any advice?
Sincerely, Linda - the lady in pain!
I'd go back to the doctor. If he persists there has to be some way complaining. There are pain killers that you could take but there illegal that way and I'm not aware of your views about that not to mention they're 15 a pop.
tklawsonpharmtec h

Citrus Heights, CA

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Dec 24, 2012
 
Fentanyl, Duragesic, Sublimaze, others are about fifty times the equal of morphine sulfate. Patches can be inconsistent in their intradermal distribution. Some patches worn and removed are still very potent. Destroy or flush used patches. Never use more than one at a time. 50 micrograms of fentanyl is about the same as 200 mg of a similar narcotic. Actiq lollipops have been reformulated. More potent than heroin, use extreme care.

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