That excellent independent investigative journalistic outfit ProPublica has been running a series of articles about the dangers posed by people not knowing what harm Tylenol and other acetaminophen-based drugs can do to them if they are not careful about its use, and says that the FDA hasn’t acted quickly enough to alert people to the dangers and the need to be really careful about dosages.
One of the serious problem is that children’s versions can come in different concentrations that can result in harm to children being given wrongs dosages.
Based on their investigations, the final article suggests nine steps that could be taken to reduce the dangers, many of which have been adopted by other countries already.
- Drop the Daily Total
- One Concentration and Dosing Instructions for Kids’ Products
- Take Acetaminophen out of Prescription Pain Killers
- Restrict Pill Quantities
- Dose Up Slowly
- Limit Pill Strength
- Require Side Effect Warnings in Advertisements for OTC Drugs
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- Grab Consumers’ Attention by Warning Them an Overdose Can Kill