Updated on: 3/13/2019The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an official safety alert Thursday, warning the public of the risks of exposure involving fentanyl painkiller patches. In the alert, the FDA said that a majority of the cases involving accidental exposure to fentanyl since 1997 involved children less than two years of age.
“These incidents reinforce the need to talk to patients and their families to make sure that these patches are stored, used and disposed of carefully,” said Douglas Throckmorton of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation.
In the last 15 years, at least 10 people have died and 12 have been hospitalized as a result of pediatric accidental exposure to fentanyl painkiller patches. In the alert, the FDA also stressed the importance of keeping the patches out of reach of children in the home and ensuring the patch does not accidentally fall off during use.