11 June 2009

ABC story on FDA Acetaminophen overdose report

With every changing of the seasons comes a new set of cautions about acetaminophen use.

Like the changing of the leaves, experts call for better public education and packaging practices.

And, like the migration of the butterflies^, the pharmaceutical industry tells them to go f*** themselves:
McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary and the manufacturer of Tylenol, said in a statement Thursday that they fear the [FDA report's] recommendations could have the effect of steering consumers away from an appropriate and safe drug.

"While we share the FDA's mutual goal of preventing and decreasing the misuse and overdose of acetaminophen, we have concerns that some of the FDA recommendations could discourage appropriate use and are not necessary to addressing the root causes of acetaminophen overdose," the statement reads. Link

See this show again in a few months and a couple thousand more deaths.

^Sorry for the bad simile