Friday, March 6, 2009

Drug Patches Cause Skin Burns in MRIs

The Wall Street Journal reports that the "U.S. Food and Drug Administration Thursday warned of the risk of skin burns in patients wearing transdermal drug patches who are undergoing MRI scans." The patches, which "are applied to the skin and can be used to deliver pain medications, hormones, and nicotine," are made with "aluminum or other metal in the backing of the patches which can overheat during an MRI scan and cause skin burns in the immediate area of the patch."

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