Health Minister pledges fentanyl patch crackdown

The RACGP has already recommended limiting use of the patches

The federal Minister for Health will introduce new restrictions on the prescription of fentanyl patches for patients outside of palliative or cancer care.

Greg Hunt.
Minister for Health Greg Hunt.

Greg Hunt made a pledge to change the TGA indications for the drug at a meeting of the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia this week, along with a promise to mandate smaller pack sizes for opioid tablets.

The society had been