GPs issued '12-point challenge' on opioid prescribing
The RACGP has advised GPs to avoid prescribing fentanyl patches for chronic non-malignant pain.
The call comes amid growing concern over inappropriate prescribing of the potent opioid and its use as a drug of abuse.
In September, a WA coroner investigating a fentanyl-related death declared the patches should only be prescribed in the community on the recommendation of anaesthetists or pain specialists.
The college’s latest advice forms part of new clinical