Get a Clue -- FDA Limits Amount of Tylenol in Prescription Drugs

The U.S. FDA has asked manufacturers of prescription drugs containing acetaminophen to limit the dosage of the drug and add a liver toxicity warning to labels. The warning will be a "boxed warning" -- the strongest warning for a prescription drug.

Prescription acetaminophen (a pain and fever reducer better known as Tylenol) must limit the drugs to no more than 325 milligrams per tablet or capsule. Currently, some products contain more than twice that amount.

Paging Dr. Gupta reports:

"Overdose from prescription combination products containing acetaminophen account for nearly half of all cases of acetaminophen related liver failure in the United States, many of which result in liver transplant or death."

Here's a question I have -- why is over-the-counter acetaminophen not be affected by this action? There are over-the-counter products that currently contain well over 325 milligrams of acetaminophen -- and they're easier to obtain, which means it's easier to take a lethally high dose. Leaving them out of this measure simply makes no sense!

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