Please note that we are not accepting generic acetaminophen cases; however, if you’ve suffered injuries from using the Tylenol brand, please contact us today for a free evaluation of your claim.
Leading Cause of Acute Liver Failure According to the FDA
Tylenol’s branding by parent company McNeil Consumer Healthcare has for years touted Tylenol as one of the safest over-the-counter drugs available. It is a household name and product used by generations of Americans. Yet Tylenol has also for years been a silent killer, and it poses serious health risks that send 26,000 people to the hospital yearly with acute liver failure due to acetaminophen poisoning. On average, 400 people die per year from acetaminophen-associated overdoses.
These events are not due to intentional overdosing. Instead, these are cases of therapeutic ingestion of the drug where the patient took staggered doses that contained more than the recommended dose. The reason for this lies in the narrow safety margin. There is little difference between the maximum dose and the dosage level that is potentially harmful if not fatal.
Tylenol and its parent company McNeil have portrayed the brand as the pinnacle of safety. Tylenol is synonymous with acetaminophen. The FDA reported the US public had purchased eight billion doses in 2005. The FDA also reports from 1998-2003, acetaminophen caused 48% of acute liver failure cases in the United States associated with accidental overdose. The narrow safety margin between recommended and dangerous levels of acetaminophen was listed as causes of accidental overdoses. However, none of this appeared on labels until recently. Only when pushed by the FDA did Tylenol change the label to lower the recommended dose.
Many Americans are unaware of the dangers of acetaminophen due to the carefully crafted brand image. The FDA also suggested that since consumers can purchase an unlimited quantity of Tylenol over the counter, the public has a perception of relative safety. The advertising strategy of McNeil has long been executed through commercials telling the consumer how many doctors and hospitals prescribe Tylenol. This has also helped mold the public perception of safety concerning Tylenol and its hidden dangers.
Raizner Slania Can Help
If you or a loved one has suffered from acute liver failure leading to hospitalization or death, please contact the experienced attorneys at Raizner Slania.
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