Thursday, Tylenol released a statement that they will soon show red warnings on the top of their bottles of Extra Strength Tylenol; the warning is an attempt to stop overdoses of the pain reliever over the counter medicine, according to the Associated Press.
After a series of lawsuits and requests from the FDA, Johnson and Johnson stated that beginning in October, the bottles of Extra Strength Tylenol will contain the red warning on the top of the bottle. Other types of Tylenol will contain the message in the next few months.
Approximately 500 people each year die from an overdose of acetaminophen, according to the CDC and FDA. Emergency rooms see approximately 55,000 – 80,000 people each year from overdoses of the drug.
Overuse of acetaminophen is the main cause of sudden liver failure and it is found in over 600 over-the-counter and prescribed drugs including Nyquil, Excedrin and Sudafed pills.
The new red message on top of Tylenol bottles will read: CONTAINS ACETAMINOPHEN and ALWAYS READ THE LABEL.
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Sources: Associated Press