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Posts Tagged ‘opioid tolerance’

Fentanyl prescriptions to nursing home patients may create fatal overdose risks, study suggests

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

A new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (JAGS) found that the fentanyl pain patch was the most commonly administered long acting opioid prescribed to opioid naïve nursing home patients. Because fentanyl is only intended for patients with chronic pain who have already developed opioid tolerance, the findings of this study suggest that nursing home patients may be at risk as a result of these inappropriate prescribing practices. (more…)

Nearly three-quarters of fentanyl patch prescriptions issued in violation of FDA guidelines, new study finds

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

A new study conducted by Canadian researchers has found that nearly three-quarters of fentanyl pain patch prescriptions are issued to patients who had not previously been treated with opioid medications, putting them at risk of suffering a potentially fatal overdose. Food and Drug Administration regulations require doctors to prescribe the fentanyl patch only to patients who are opioid tolerant due to previous treatment with painkiller medications in order to reduce the risk of overdose. (more…)