The agency considers a vote regarding lowering recommended dosages for widely used painkillers.
Wired PR News – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will consider lowering the maximum dosage for widely used over the counter painkillers such as acetaminophen. As reported by the Associated Press (AP) on StarTribune.com, a panel assembled by the agency will discuss in a two-day meeting means of overdose prevention for over-the-counter painkillers such as Tylenol.
As noted in the report, acetaminophen is said to contribute to hundreds of deaths annually, and is a leading contributor to liver failure for individuals in the United States. Harvard Medical School associate professor Dr. Lee Simon, is quoted by the AP as stating, “It can happen to anybody, but it’s very rare… Obviously it’s important that we improve the communication about these products because they are ubiquitous, and we still see people inadvertently overdosing.”
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