Tylenol has been the over-the-counter medication of choice for many to treat headaches, tooth aches, muscle pain, and flu symptoms like fever. Yet, despite its popularity among consumers, Tylenol has experienced a long and troubling history dotted with recalls and links to serious side effects.
In the past couple of years, recalls have been issued for Tylenol products over strange smells in the medication, faulty mechanisms in the packaging, or inappropriate dosage amounts. Studies have also shown a connection between the use of Tylenol and life-threatening liver failure.
A number of recalls have been issued over the last several years for Tylenol products. These include:
The FDA took over three Tylenol plants in March 2011 after a series of recalls prompted an investigation into the manufacturing process. In addition, the FDA charged two executives of subsidiary McNeil PPC for failing to comply with federally mandated manufacturing practices.
The FDA investigation found more than 20 violations of manufacturing protocols at the plants, including sanitation issues and safety practices.
In addition to the safety issues posed by the recalled Tylenol products, there have been several studies indicating a link between the use of acetaminophen and liver failure.
In 2009, the FDA issued its strongest possible warning – a “Black Box” warning – for prescription medications that combine acetaminophen with another drug, such as Tylenol 3 with codeine, because of the increased risk of liver damage. It followed up with a request for a boxed warning on all products containing acetaminophen that highlighted the risk of liver injury.
A 2011 study in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology found that taking Tylenol or other products with acetaminophen repeatedly – known as “staggered overdose” – can result in liver failure.
A 2012 study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine found that almost 25 percent of U.S. adults don’t understand how much Tylenol is safe to take, leading to potential overdose. The study also found that nearly 50 percent of adults don’t realize how many over-the-counter medications contain acetaminophen, putting them at risk of overdose by taking too many of these drugs.
If you took one of the recalled Tylenol products, or you believe that taking Tylenol led to your liver failure or other serious health problems, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Call the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin to find out if one of our North Carolina defective products lawyers may be able to help or if you have a potential Tylenol lawsuit.
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