Children hospitalised after fentanyl patch exposure

Warnings have been issued over the risk of accidental exposure to fentanyl patches by children, after reports of serious adverse events from such contact.

In the latest Medicines Safety Update, the TGA said two recent cases had seen children hospitalised after suffering somnolence and loss of consciousness respectively, after they came into contact with fentanyl patches.

There had been 26 serious cases reported in the US over a 15-year period, the TAG warned, including 10 deaths. Sixteen of these cases were