Unlike the previous Duragesic and Fentanyl recalls of millions of patches, this one covers only one lot of one size patch:

Watson Pharmaceuticals has recalled one lot of its 75-mcg/hour fentanyl transdermal system in the U.S. because a small number of patches were leaking a gel form of the pain medicine.

The recalled patches are from lot No. 92461850 with an Aug. 31, 2009, expiration date. They were shipped between Jan. 30 and March 19. No other strengths or lots were affected, and the company does not anticipate any product shortages as a result of the recall, according to its statement.

Source: Watson Voluntarily Recalls Pain Patch Lot

At this time, I don’t know what the specific manufacturing defect in this lot was, or how it was discovered.  But as always, if you think you have a defective Fentanyl or Duragesic patch, do not touch it with your bare hands.  And do not wash your hands with soap if you do touch it. 

I have several pictures of Fentanyl patches, but not of the Watson patches.  You can view my existing photos of Fentanyl here.  If you have any pictures of Watson patches, please send them my way.