FDA Wants Acetaminophen Pulled Off the Market

POSTED: Wednesday, July 1, 2009 - 9:49am

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:32pm

In an effort to reduce the risk of overdosing on acetaminophen, an FDA panel of experts has recommended that prescription drugs that combine the painkiller with stronger narcotics, like Vicodin and Percocet, be pulled off the market.

Acetaminophen is the active ingredient in Tylenol and other over the counter and prescription pain medication. It's generally considered safe, but can lead to severe liver damage and even death if taken in high doses. In addition to pulling prescription combination drugs, the FDA advisory panel also voted to lower the current maximum daily dose of over the counter acetaminophen products, which is 4 grams.

Lowering the amount reduces the chance people would overdose if they take more than one medication with acetaminophen like Tylenol and Nyquil.

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