Tylenol warnings are getting an update, and Johnson & Johnson has created new acetaminophen warning labels. Bloomberg reports on Aug. 29 that the new warning will appear on the caps of bottles. The company plans to release the changed look soon and hopes it helps to prevent overdoses of acetaminophen.
Tylenol bottles are getting a minor makeover with a new red warning label. The cap will include, “Contains acetaminophen. Always read the label.” Extra Strength Tylenol will get the makeover in October, so consumers in the U.S. will see the change soon. A representative of McNeil, a subsidiary of the company, explained the change aligns with other efforts to make the public pay attention to dosages. Tylenol has gone through multiple label changes over the past 20 years with acetaminophen as the focus.
Johnson & Johnson explains the change was necessary to improve communication. The company is currently in the midst of multiple lawsuits stemming from claims of liver damage. However, researchers state that acetaminophen is safe to use if the daily dosage is not exceeded. An overdose of the medication can cause complications.
The Consumer Healthcare Products Association states Johnson & Johnson is the only brand that will be using the warning label on the cap at this time. The Food and Drug Administration has recommended stronger warning labels in the past. The company believes the new caps will serve as a way for people to stay constantly aware of the type of medication they are using.