Medicines update

Fentanyl injuries on the rise

Accidental exposure to fentanyl patches by children aged under five years has increased, experts warn.

NPS MedicineWise says prescribing of fentanyl patches, to deliver higher doses of some opiates through the skin as chronic pain relief, has increased in Australia over the last decade, and accidental exposure by young children has increased accordingly.

Health professionals are being reminded of the need to educate people about the appropriate use of and