GPs issued '12-point challenge' on opioid prescribing

The call comes amid growing concern over the use of fentanyl patches.

The RACGP has advised GPs to avoid prescribing fentanyl patches for chronic non-malignant pain.

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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

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