J & J said the warning will be placed at the top of the new bottles of Extra Strength Tylenol sold in the U.S. since October.
Tylenol is the first of these products include the warning on the cover. (AP)
The bottles of the painkiller Tylenol for sale in the U.S. early warning labels lead users in red letters indicating the possible hazards fatal if taken in excess.
Johnson & Johnson (J & J) the manufacturer of Tylenol, took this action in the midst of a growing number of lawsuits and federal pressures that could have broad ramifications for a painkiller taken by millions of people daily.
J & J said the warning will be placed at the top of the new bottles of Extra Strength Tylenol (Extra Strength) sold in the United States since October and in most bottles of Tylenol from other types in the coming months. The warning will be absolutely clear that the remedy, which is sold over the counter, contains acetaminophen, an ingredient of analgesic that has been the main cause of sudden liver failure in the country. The new cap is designed to capture the attention of the public that does not read warnings in small print on product directions, said company executives.
“We are always looking for the best way to communicate information to patients and consumers,” said Dr. Edwin Kuffner, vice president of McNeil Consumer Healthcare, the Johnson & Johnson unit that makes Tylenol.
The acetaminophen overdoses send 55,000 to 80,000 people to the emergency room each year in the United States and kills at least 500 people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Food and Medically (FDA for its acronym in English).
Acetaminophen is a component of over 600 common products that are sold over the counter, like NyQuil, l Excedrin and Sudafed.
Tylenol is the first of these products include the warning on the cover. McNeil said this is a result of an investigation into the misuse of Tylenol by consumers. The new message says: “CONTAINS ACETAMINOPHEN” and “ALWAYS READ THE LABEL”.
The move comes at a difficult time for the company, which has been the subject of 85 lawsuits in federal courts personal blame Tylenol liver disease and death. At the same time, the FDA is developing a series of long-overdue safety measures that could restrict the use of Tylenol and other products containing acetaminophen.