FDA Urges stricter warnings for Tylenol
After only one month, the FDA has already re-visited the enhanced warnings about the risk of liver damage from acetaminophen, a pain killer medication, better known as Tylenol. On April 28, 2009, the FDA announced that manufacturers of many over-the-counter painkillers and fever reducers would be required to place new warnings on their products of the potential danger of liver damage and stomach bleeding. Since that time, an FDA report has concluded that stronger warnings should be considered, along with better consumer education about these types of commonly used painkillers. The FDA report, which was released May 27, 2009 calls attention to the fact that many people take more than the recommended dose of over-the-counter pain relivers under the assumption that it will be more effective at alleviating the pain, without posing health risks. These unintentional overdoses can lead to severe hepatotoxicity. Consumers simply are not aware of the risks that they may encounter form taking too much of these medications. The recent FDA report calls for these tougher warnings to be applied to not only Tylenol, but also Advil, Motrin, Aleve, and Excedrin. For more information, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine. If you or a loved one has unexplained suffered liver damage, it could be associated with your use of the over-counter-medications. You may contact the attorneys at Schlichter, Bogard & Denton to discuss your rights.