Tylenol can kill, and McNeil, the Johnson & Johnson-owned company that distributes it, has done startlingly little to protect its consumers over the decades. That’s basically the gist of a novella-length investigation into the drug and its most active ingredient, acetaminophen, published by ProPublica. Despite decades of science demonstrating how frighteningly easy it is for consumers to overdose on the pain reliever-causing serious liver damage or death-McNeil remains stubbornly reluctant to implement the label warnings or dose limitations that have been called for since the 1970s.
Time reported this summer that closer to 500 people die in the U.S. from overdosing on acetaminophen, with another 55,000 to 80,000 ending up in the ER for the same reason. And it’s not just Tylenol-the ingredient also appears in Excedrin pain tablets, Sudafed sinus pills, and hundreds of other over-the-counter products.
Read the story in the Atlantic Wire
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