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Date:3/5/2009

A is now reviewing the labeling and makeup of all medicated patches to ensure that they carry a proper warning, if needed. The agency plans to institute standard labeling of medication patches, Kweder said.

"We are making sure at this point in time that we have a comprehensive approach to have consistent labeling across all the products that are affected," Eric Duffy, director of the Division of Postmarket Evaluation in FDA's Office of New Drug Quality Assessment, said during the teleconference.

Until the review is complete, the FDA recommends that people wearing medicated skin patches talk with their doctor about wearing a patch during an MRI. The doctor should tell you to remove the patch before the MRI and put it back on after the procedure.

MRI scanners are machines that use a large magnet and radio waves to look at organs and structures inside the body, to diagnose a variety of conditions, from torn ligaments to tumors, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

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For more on the FDA warning, visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.



SOURCES: March 5, 2009, teleconference with: Sandra Kweder, M.D., deputy director, Office of New Drugs, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research; and Eric Duffy, Ph.D., director, Division of Postmarket Evaluation, Office of New Drug Quality Assessment, Office of Pharmaceutical Science, both with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration


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