WASHINGTON Feb 12 A unit of drug and consumer
giant Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) on Tuesday said it was recalling
certain strengths of their Duragesic pain patches, which have the
potential to expose patients to a dangerous gel inside.
Johnson & Johnson's Ortho-McNeil-Janssen unit is recalling all
lots of its 25 microgram per hour strength patch of Duragesic, in
coordination with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The recalled patches may have an opening which could result
in release of the gel made of the drug fentanyl inside.
Exposure to fentanyl directly can cause serious harm,
including breathing problems and overdose, which can be fatal, the
All the recalled patches have an expiration date on or before
Dec. 2009. Some patches in Canada are also being recalled.
(Reporting by Kim Dixon)