Skip to comments.Tylenol maker tries new warning cap to curb overdoses
Posted on 08/30/2013 8:59:41 AM PDT by NautiNurse
WASHINGTON Bottles of Tylenol sold in the U.S. will soon bear red warnings alerting users to the potentially fatal risks of taking too much of the popular pain reliever.
The unusual step, disclosed by the company that makes Tylenol, comes amid a growing number of lawsuits and pressure from the federal government that could have widespread ramifications for a medicine taken by millions of people every day.
[snip]The new cap is designed to grab the attention of people who don't read warnings that already appear in the fine print on the product's label, according to company executives.
Overdoses from acetaminophen send 55,000 to 80,000 people to the emergency room in the U.S. each year and kill at least 500, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration. Acetaminophen can be found in more than 600 common over-the-counter products used by nearly one in four American adults every week, including household brands like Nyquil cold formula, Excedrin pain tablets and Sudafed sinus pills.
The move comes at a critical time for the company, which faces more than 85 personal injury lawsuits in federal court that blame Tylenol for liver injuries and deaths. At the same time, the Food and Drug Administration is drafting long-awaited safety measures that could curtail the use of Tylenol and other acetaminophen products.
Much is at stake for McNeil and its parent company. Johnson & Johnson does not report sales of Tylenol, but total sales of all over-the-counter medicines containing acetaminophen were more than $1.75 billion last year, according to Information Resources Inc., a retail data service.
Safety experts are most concerned about "extra-strength" versions of Tylenol and other pain relievers with acetaminophen found in drugstores.
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I heard a while back that they were able to greatly lower that number by simply putting it in blister packs instead of bottles.
Same for Sudafed--blister packs intended to make it more difficult for the meth makers. That didn't work, so they put Sudafed behind the counter, with sign-your-life-away identification procedures and daily/monthly quantity limits.
Well, to be fair, suicide is more of an impulsive act than cooking meth.
I’ve been through the five week ordeal of a shattered shoulder, surgery, narcotic pain meds until I asked if I could try to get off.
All along the drugs contained acetaminophen, and when my PA said go ahead and try cold turkey, he said use Regular Tylenol, and warned about over use.
I’ve stayed well within the guidelines. I can see how easily somebody could miss the impact of multiple sources.
He advised me to stay below 2500 Mg. daily, and I have.
Sorry to hear you’ve been through a painful summer. Glad to learn you are on the mend.
“Sorry to hear youve been through a painful summer. Glad to learn you are on the mend.”
Thanks. Within seconds of the trauma 36 days ago, I knew it was going to be a big deal, my worst medical experience to date.
I needed and wanted those high power pain meds to begin. But two weeks after surgery, I wanted an end to them. The side effects were awful, worst being anxiety-panic.
I had to stop Ibuprofin because of high blood pressure.
I do not find much pain relief from Tylenol. I usually take ibuprofen. Aspirin works for me, too, but I hardly ever take it.
Any drug can have noxious effects on the body, either via acute effects (overdose) or long term chronic exposure. As much as possible, I try to avoid taking anything. I manage arthritis pain by trying to keep the muscles around the joints strong. I have arthritis in my back, and it is always painful to varying degrees.