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Meta-analysis of the efficacy of the fentanyl iontophoretic transdermal system versus intravenous patient-controlled analgesia in postoperative pain management



Meta-analysis of the efficacy of the fentanyl iontophoretic transdermal system versus intravenous patient-controlled analgesia in postoperative pain management



Expert Opinion on PharmacoTherapy 16(11): 1607-1613



This meta-analysis was conducted to analyze and compare the efficacy outcomes associated with the fentanyl iontophoretic transdermal system (ITS) and morphine intravenous (IV) patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) in the management of postoperative pain. This meta-analysis assessed the efficacy of the fentanyl ITS versus morphine IV PCA using data from four randomized, active-controlled trials (n = 1271 fentanyl ITS and 1298 morphine IV PCA patients). Main outcome measures were patient global assessment (PGA) of the method of pain control at 24 h. Fentanyl ITS and morphine IV PCA did not significantly differ regarding 'good' and 'excellent' ratings on the PGA of the method of pain control at 24 h (odds ratio = 0.95, p = 0.66), however, fentanyl ITS was superior in terms of 'excellent' PGA ratings at that time point (odds ratio = 1.53, p < 0.0001). No significant differences were found in weighted mean pain intensity scores at 24, 48 and 72 h. In this meta-analysis, fentanyl ITS was as efficacious as morphine IV PCA and may offer additional benefits as demonstrated by its 'excellent' PGA ratings.

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Accession: 058296869

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PMID: 26050870

DOI: 10.1517/14656566.2015.1054279


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