FDA wakes up, issues warning

Hasn’t this news been out for at least 10 year, maybe even 20 or more? The FDA has been so deep in the pocket of the pharmaceutical industry it’s a wonder they ever manage to say anything. It’s small and overdue but it’s progress.

A Food and Drug Administration report released Wednesday recommends stronger warnings and dose limits on drugs containing the painkiller acetaminophen, citing an increased risk of liver injury.

The recommendation covers both prescription doses and over-the-counter medication, of which Johnson & Johnson’s Tylenol is the most well-known. Acetaminophen is also widely available as a generic over-the-counter drug.

“There is extensive evidence that hepatotoxicity (liver toxicity) caused by acetaminophen use may result from lack of consumer awareness that acetaminophen can cause severe liver injury,” the working group report said.


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