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Tylenol cap warns about acetaminophen

In October, Extra Strength Tylenol bottle caps will carry a message instructing consumers to ‘Always read the label.’
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In an Aug. 30 video, “New Tylenol cap will have warning label,” CNN Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen points out that accidental acetaminophen overdoses are responsible for 500 deaths and 56,000 emergency room visits each year. Such overdoses can lead to sudden liver failure.

McNeil Consumer Healthcare division of McNeil-PPC, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company, announced new safety reminders on Tylenol bottle caps “that will help you use acetaminophen appropriately.” Its website notes:

“Beginning in October, consumers will start to see a message on the caps of Extra Strength TYLENOL® that tells them the product contains acetaminophen and will instruct them to always read the label. The new cap message is designed to help encourage appropriate acetaminophen use and help reduce the risk of accidental overdose. With more than 600 OTC and prescription medications containing acetaminophen on the market, this is an important step because it will help remind consumers to always read the label.” Specifically, the top of the cap includes the words "Contains Acetaminophen Always Read The Label" in large red lettering

To further help consumers understand labels, Tylenolprofessional.com even offers a pdf entitled, “How do I read a drug facts label?

Healthcare Packaging Contributing Editor Dr. Michael Drues probes more deeply into the Tylenol issue in a You Tube podcast/video, "What is Safety?—Tylenol."

 

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If doctors would not balk at writing prescriptions for pain medication, people would not be self-medicating with tylenol 'pain reliever' in excessive doses to alleviate their pain. I can understand perfectly why there are so many overdoses, and it's not because the public is too dumb to read, or too lazy to read the labels. It is because of the stigma attached to pain medication that labels every one who has chronic pain as 'addicts'. Fix the attitude toward relieving pain and you will see overdoses decline.

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