Watson Pharmaceuticals is voluntarily recalling one lot of 100 mcg/hr Fentanyl Transdermal System patches sold in the United States, according to a company press release. The recalled patches are from Lot No. 145287A and have expiration dates of February 2011.

A small number of patches in the lot were leaking fentanyl gel. These patches should not be used or handled directly.

The affected lot was shipped to customers between April 2 and May 20 of this year.

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Watson said it has notified the FDA of the recall.

Anybody coming in contact with the gel should rinse exposed skin thoroughly with large amounts of water only, the company said.