Philadelphia personal injury attorneys advise patients that the Food and Drug Administration has warned health professionals to be cautious when prescribing drugs that contain more than 325 milligrams of acetaminophen per tablet, capsule, or other dosage unit. Too much acetaminophen can result in an acetaminophen overdose, which can lead to severe liver damage and subsequent problems such as liver failure, liver transplant, and death, the agency said.
Acetaminophen is found in more than 600 medicines and is the most-common cause of liver failure in the U.S. Tylenol and Panadol are two of the most commonly prescribed drugs that contain acetaminophen.
Manufacturers of prescription combination drugs containing acetaminophen were requested to limit the amount of acetaminophen in their products by the FDA in January 2011. At that time, the FDA asked that the changes to decrease the amount of acetaminophen to no more than 325 mg per capsule or tablet be completed by January 14, 2014. According to reports, there are multiple prescription drugs that have not complied with the request but still remain on the market.
The FDA also required companies to add warning labels advising consumers that Tylenol and other painkillers containing acetaminophen can cause a potentially deadly skin rash known as Stevens-Johnson Syndrome.
The personal injury attorneys at Messa & Associates are currently handling cases for the families of three children who ingested Tylenol and later died as a result of liver failure. In addition, multiple cases have been filed in federal court in Pennsylvania alleging that McNeil failed to properly warn its consumers of the risks of liver toxicity associated with Tylenol. The cases are being heard by U.S. District Judge Lawrence F. Stengel of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The cases were consolidated based on their common issues and allegations made by the plaintiffs last year.
The Philadelphia personal injury attorneys at Messa & Associates are experienced at handling personal injury or medical malpractice cases related to acetaminophen overdoses. Our extremely skilled team of medical malpractice attorneys and medical experts is dedicated to ensuring you receive proper compensation for your personal injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered personal injuries as a result of an acetaminophen overdose or some other form of medical malpractice, contact the personal injury attorneys of Messa & Associates for a free consultation. Call toll free at 1-877-MessaLaw, or submit a free online inquiry.
Joseph L. Messa, Jr. is the founding partner of Messa & Associates, P.C. He is an AV-rated attorney (highest rating available), listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Read More