The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has published Drug Safety Update for July 2014 (PDF).
The stop press section warms of the risks of accidental exposure to strong opioids in patches as a consequence of incorrect disposal. There have been three reported cases of accidental exposure or inadvertent patch transfer. It is recommended that patients and caregivers follow the disposal instructions on the patch carton and in the accompanying leaflet.
This issue also advised that the learning module on opioids has been updated to include recent concerns about transdermal patches and the self-assessment questions have been revised.
Action: Clinicians will find this publication to be a useful review of current issues in drug safety.