Posted by: nmartinez1938 | March 2, 2014

FDA Opens Review of Rules for Over-the-Counter Drugs, Including Acetaminophen – ProPublica

FDA Opens Review of Rules for Over-the-Counter Drugs, Including Acetaminophen – ProPublica.

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P.4 Acetaminophen can cause liver damage and death in amounts close to the current recommended daily limit. Our investigation found that about 150 people die each year from accidentally taking too much of the drug. Tens of thousands of others are rushed to the emergency room or hospitalized.

P.7 Our investigation showed that such delays have sometimes carried a high cost. The agency spent at least 15 years arguing with Tylenol’s manufacturer, Johnson and Johnson unit McNeil Consumer Healthcare, on how to improve the safety of pediatric acetaminophen. During that time, some 20 children died after their parents accidentally gave them overdoses of the medicine.

P.8 In contrast, the prescription drug system allows the agency to make relatively quick changes to warning labels or dosage instructions. For instance, the FDA recently announced that prescription medications containing acetaminophen could contain no more than 325 milligrams of the drug, citing the potential health risk.

P.9 But consumers can still buy pills with twice that amount of acetaminophen over the counter at drug stores and supermarkets because the monograph system requires lengthy periods of debate and public comment.

 

P.19 An investigation by the Toronto Star, which was aided by ProPublica, found that Canadian coroners and medical examiners had investigated at least 156 deaths since 2006 where acetaminophen was “deemed to be the sole or contributing cause — and the manner of death was either accidental or “unclassified,” meaning suicide and homicide had been ruled out.”

P.20 A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Pediatrics found that mothers in Denmark who used acetaminophen during pregnancy had a heightened risk of having children who developed attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD.

Please Note: Doctors, hospitals, medical journals, and advertisements in the mass media loudly proclaim the so-called merits of Tylenol which is how millions ingest this over the counter drug. There is not one other brand of over the counter drugs, as painkiller relief and other minor discomforts, that have such a deplorable history extending back more than 40/years.

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