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Accidental exposure to pain, nicotine, birth control patches can be deadly

Transdermal patches that administer medication through the skin can be dangerous and even deadly if children get their hands on them, according to government records. There are about 60 different kinds of drugs sold as patches in the United States, and they contain medications such as nicotine, painkillers and birth control hormones. Users simply apply the patches to the skin and then discard them after use. The patches work relatively well to deliver medication into the bloodstream without having to be swallowed or received intravenously. However, problems arise when those patches – used or new – get in contact with ... Read More

Consumers should use caution with B-12 vitamin patch

A patch-delivery system is now available to consumers who want or need more of the vitamin B-12, an essential vitamin that plays a key role in the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system and for the formation of blood. B-12 is naturally found in meat, shellfish, milk, eggs and fortified cereals, but many people’s digestive systems do not absorb enough B-12, which can lead to vitamin B-12 deficiency. A B-12 deficiency can contribute to anemia, which can leave you feeling weak, lightheaded, depressed and tired. The B-12 patchs, made by global nutraceticals company VitaSciences, are sold as an alternative ... Read More

More drug patches expected to hit market, but are they safe?

More than 40 drug development programs have transdermal systems, or drug patches, under development for either initial approval or expanded indications, according to Pharma Live. But can consumers trust their safety record? Transdermal patches were introduced in the 1990s initially for birth control, as a treatment for angina or heart failure, and for smoking cessation. Today, drug patches have branched out to other approved therapies including neurology, pain management and urology and some, like the nicotine patch, are now available over the counter as well. Patches offer an alternative delivery system that may benefit some consumers. For example, the Ortho ... Read More

Another J&J patch causing deaths in users

Drug maker Johnson & Johnson is recalling another one of its patches, the Duragesic fentanyl pain patch. According to BNet Business Network, the fentanyl patch is highly addictive and has been linked to deaths caused by the patches to leak too much medicine into the body. This is the fifth recall of Duragesic fentanyl patch since 1994. Patches have caused much pain for Johnson & Johnson. Last year, the company paid $68 million to settle lawsuits against the company’s birth control patch, Ortho Evra. The patch was linked to at least 40 deaths caused by blood clots. Ortho Evra was originally ... Read More