NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Area Drug and Therapeutics Committee
Greater Glasgow and Clyde Medicines
Medicines Update

Fentanyl patches: acute care

NHSGGC are switching to Matrifen® patches as the preferred choice for fentanyl patches in acute care. It is already the most commonly prescribed brand in primary care.


  • Fentanyl patches should be prescribed generically
  • Patients admitted to hospital on Durogesic DTrans® can be safely switched to Matrifen® at the next supply.
  • There is no clinical difference between the two brands. They are considered therapeutically equivalent and interchangeable.
  • It is a legal requirement to specify the formulation of the product, eg patch in any controlled drug prescription.



Published 23/01/2017