NEW ACETAMINOPHEN LABELLING ISSUED BY HEALTH CANADA TO REDUCE OVERDOSES

Sep 16, 2016

By Jane Brown

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New labelling rules aimed at reducing the risk of liver damage caused by taking too much acetaminophen have been imposed by Health Canada.

But the federal drug regulator has decided not to lower the recommended maximum daily dose of the popular painkiller best known as Tylenol, or put extra strength versions behind the pharmacy counter.

The new labelling standard will require drug companies to:

Print clearer warnings about safe doses, including not to mix the drug with more than three alcoholic drinks a day.

Mark packages with the words “contains acetaminophen” in bold red text.

Include a calibrated dosing device in products for children so parents can be sure they are not accidentally exceeding the recommended limits.

“It’s a good start, but did they go far enough? No,” says Michael Rieder, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Western Ontario in London.

Improper acetaminophen intake leads to more than 250 serious liver injuries and 4-thousand hospitalizations for overdoses in Canada every year.

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