Cephalon also is proactively working with the FDA to emphasize the appropriate patient selection, dosing and administration in the FENTORA label and Risk Minimization Action Plan (RiskMAP). Healthcare professionals and patients may contact Cephalon Medical Services at 1-800-895-5855 or visit http://www.fentora.com for additional prescribing information. PHYSICIANS AND OTHER HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS MUST BECOME FAMILIAR WITH THE
IMPORTANT WARNINGS IN THIS LABEL.
FENTORA contains fentanyl, an opioid agonist and a Schedule II controlled substance, with an abuse liability similar to other opioid analgesics. FENTORA can be abused in a manner similar to other opioid agonists, legal or illicit. This should be considered when prescribing or dispensing FENTORA in situations where the physician or pharmacist is concerned about an increased risk of misuse, abuse or diversion. Schedule II opioid substances which include morphine, oxycodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone, and methadone have the
highest potential for abuse and risk of fatal overdose due to respiratory depression.
FENTORA is indicated only for the management of breakthrough pain in patients with cancer who are already receiving and who are tolerant to opioid therapy for their underlying persistent cancer pain. Patients considered opioid tolerant are those who are taking at least 60 mg of oral morphine/day, at least 25 mcg of transdermal fentanyl/hour, at least 30 mg of oxycodone daily, at least 8 mg of oral hydromorphone daily or an equianalgesic dose of another opioid for a week or longer. Because life-threatening respiratory depression could occur at any dose in opioid non-tolerant patients, FENTORA is contraindicated in the management of acute or postoperative pain. This product is not indicated for use in opioid nontolerant patients.
Patients and their caregivers must be instructed that FENTORA c
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