Tylenol warnings will be added to the caps of Extra Strength Tylenol starting in October. The federal government will require red warning labels on the lid. According to WebProNews on Aug. 30, 2013, this is due to numerous lawsuits.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that overdoses of Acetaminophen send between 50,000 to 80,000 people to the emergency room each year and claim the lives of around 500.
The Tylenol warnings include sudden liver failure or even death can occur if too much is taken within a single day. The pain-reliever acetaminophen is the leading cause of sudden liver failure in the United States today. It is found in over 600 over-the-counter and prescription products today.
The new bottle caps will have red text on them that reads: "Contains Acetaminophen" and "Always Read The label." Tylenol products are the very first to get this new treatment. At this time there are more than 85 personal injury lawsuits against McNeil Consumer Healthcare, maker of the product, in federal court that blame Tylenol for liver injuries and deaths.
A number of Tylenol warnings have come out recently. As reported previously in, "Acetaminophen warning: FDA adds deadly skin disease as side effect." Extra Strength Tylenol is a common brand found on many drug store shelves in the U.S. and the maker McNeil is owned by Johnson & Johnson.
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