Student Nurse Laura

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Transdermal Patches and MRIs

Posted by Laura on October 29, 2009

Have you heard about transdermal patches and MRIs? It is said that many of these patches have Aluminum in them that help pull the medication  into the skin. There are some that don’t, but the protective cover which is pulled off for application has aluminum and some may still be on the medicated side. The aluminum, when placed through the MRI will burn the patients skin in this area. For patients who are older, are at risk for skin integrity, this can be a big concern.

I pulled this info today from the FDA site:transdermal.patch

“Update: (03/9/2009) FDA has evaluated the composition of available patches to determine which of them contain metal components and to assure that this information is included in their labeling. Based on current information from this evaluation, FDA is working with the manufacturers of the following patches to update the labeling to include adequate warnings to patients about the risk of burns to the skin if the patch is worn during an MRI scan. It should be noted that some of the drugs listed may have a generic equivalent and more than one size and strength of patch. FDA will update this posting as information becomes available.”

Proprietary Name Generic/Established Name
Catapres TTS Clonidine
Neupro Rotigotine
Lidopel Lidocaine HCl and epinephrine
Synera Lidocaine/Tetracaine
Transderm-Scop Scopolamine
Prostep Nicotine transdermal system
Habitrol Nicotine transdermal system
Nicotrol TD Nicotine transdermal system
Androderm Testosterone transdermal system
Fentanyl Fentanyl
Salonpas Power Plus Methyl Salicylate/Menthol


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