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Information for physicians

  • Most community health initiatives are now encouraging physicians to prescribe no more than 10 fentanyl patches per fill.

  • The prescription should direct the pharmacy to collect used (or unused) patches before dispensing any more patches.

  • Specifying a particular pharmacy, and faxing your prescription to that pharmacy, will also help prevent prescription duplication and altering of the prescription by the patient.

  • If a patient does not return any of their used patches, the pharmacy will normally dispense one patch, then contact you to determine the best course of action.