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FDA recalls Duragesic patches

The FDA recalled Tuesday all the patches (25-microgram-per-hour patches with expiration dates on or before December 2009) containing fentanyl, because it can have a serious defect.

Fentanyl, (Duragesic and Durogesic are the trade names) is used to moderate severe pain and bring relief. One patch may provide 72 hours of pain relief.

Since Duragesic and Durogesic are highly potent, there are many black box warnings in their prescribing information. Additionally, due to the risk of serious adverse drug reactions, it is highly important that the patches be applied correctly and as prescribed.

The patches are said to have a cut in the lining of the internal reservoir where the drug is stored in gel form. If the fentanyl gel leaks into the drug's packaging, and in case of direct contact with this powerful "opioid" drug, one can have difficulty in breathing and a potentially fatal overdose.

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Russia's Ministry for Foreign Affairs is seriously concerned about the state of health of former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. Sergei Skrypal's niece, Victoria Skripal, said that her uncle had already died.

UK wants Sergei Skripal dead

The Basmanny Court of Moscow arrested Michael Calvey, the founder of Baring Vostok investment fund, on allegations of embezzling 2.5 billion rubles from Vostochny Bank. Calvey will be held in custody until April 13

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