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FDA Panel Urges Ban on Vicodin, Percocet
Date:6/30/2009

e system. "Given the massive number of people who rely on this drug for pain control, making the maximum dose requiring a prescription, I think, is going to place undo burden on the health-care system," he said.

Teperman disagreed.

"The 1,000 milligram pill should never be at the patient's discretion. It should only be prescribed by a physician," Teperman said. "If you took an entire bottle of Tylenol Extra Strength, three days later you would be in a coma and needing a liver transplant."

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For more on acetaminophen, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.



SOURCES: June 30, 2009, press conference with Sandra L. Kweder, M.D., deputy director, Office of New Drugs, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), FDA, and Lewis S. Nelson, M.D., associate professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, NYU Langone Medical Center, and chairman, Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee, FDA; also John H. Klippel, M.D., CEO, Arthritis Foundation; Lewis W. Teperman, M.D., director of transplant surgery, vice chairman of surgery, New York University School of Medicine, New York City; June 30, 2009, news release, Consumer Healthcare Products Association; May 28, 2009, news release, U.S. Food and Drug Administration; Associated Press


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