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The Difference Between Reservoir Fentanyl Patches and Matrix Fentanyl Patches

Posted in Duragesic / Fentanyl

 The two most popular types of Fentanyl patches are the reservoir design, and the matrix design.  Immediately below is a diagram of the reservoir design:

Duragesic Fentanyl Patch

As you can see, the reservoir patch gets its name from the fact that the fentanyl is contained in a reservoir.  In Duragesic fentanyl patches and authorized generics such as the Sandoz fentanyl patch, this reservoir will be filled with a fentanyl gel.  And now, the matrix patch:

matrix fentanyl patch

There is no fentanyl gel in a matrix style patch.  Mylan pharmaceuticals makes a matrix patch.  A matrix fentanyl patch places the fentanyl in adhesive.  There is therefore no gel to link.  The matrix design is inherently safer because it cannot leak gel.

Duragesic Fentanyl Patch

  • Chris

    No Matrix kills. This design was rejected by the FDA and the Reservoir was invented to get a Fentanyl patch on the market. But it’s a generic and profits rule–generic profit 900% and up–see The Wall Street Journal. And this is allowed.