July 15, 2005

U.S. probes deaths in patients using pain patches

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. regulators are investigating
reports of deaths in patients who were using pain patches that
contain the narcotic fentanyl, the Food and Drug Administration
said on Friday.

Johnson & Johnson sells fentanyl patches under the brand
name Duragesic, and generic versions also are available.
Johnson & Johnson told doctors in June it was adding warnings
to the Duragesic label about the potential for abuse and misuse
of the product.