Bloomberg News reports that in October Johnson & Johnson will start warning consumers of the risk of liver failure when taking higher doses of the painkiller. There will be a warning written in wed on the caps of all Extra Strength Tylenol containers.
Dangers of Tylenol
Two years ago, The Food and Drug Administration cut the amount of acetaminophen prescription products were allowed to contain to 325 milligrams per pill. This is because of concerns regarding increased liver failure. The Associated Press reports that the vice president of McNeil Consumer Healthcare represented the company by saying that he was always looking for better ways to communicate information to patients and consumers. The additional labeling will hopefully serve this purpose.
The FDA currently and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that about 500 people are killed by acetaminophen every year due to an overdose. Another 55,000 to 80,000 go to the emergency room every year due to an overdose. Research suggests that Tylenol is safe when taken in low to normal dosages. CNN reports that acetaminophen overdoses are the most common cause of poisoning in the world.
Lawsuits Against Johnson & Johnson for Tylenol
The company has been hit with about 85 lawsuits because of a lack of warnings about liver failure associated with the product. In addition to the lawsuits, the company has received government pressure to have safer warning labels. If you want more information about Tylenol dangers or if you would like to file a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson then contact a Houston personal injury lawyer today for more information!