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Injury Law Firm Comments on the FDA Consumer Update Warning about Tylenol Side Effects like SJS
Date:8/26/2013

(PRWEB) August 26, 2013

According to a Consumer Update released by the FDA on August 1, 2013, Tylenol and other medicines containing acetaminophen have been linked to Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN). These “are the two most serious skin reactions linked in rare cases to acetaminophen” and “they usually require hospitalization and can cause death.” These reactions begin with flu-like symptoms followed by a rash. In some cases, the rash can blister and cover large areas of the body causing scarring. Dr. Sharon Hertz, a deputy director at the FDA, stated that “it is extremely important that people recognize and react quickly to the initial symptoms of these rare but serious, side effects, which are potentially fatal" (i).

The FDA reviewed its adverse events database and discovered that there had been 107 cases of SJS and TEN resulting in 67 hospitalizations and 12 deaths. Based on this evidence, the Agency is requiring all prescription medicines containing acetaminophen to add a warning about skin reactions on their labels. The Agency stated that it would work with over the counter manufacturers to get similar labels on their medicines. Accurate and uniform labeling is an important part of consumer safety but many people may not know which over the counter drugs contain acetaminophen because the name is often shortened as “APAP,” “acet,” “acetamin,” or “acetaminoph” (i).

Attorney Paul d’Oliveira stated, “Fortunately, the FDA is finally recognizing the danger of SJS and TEN among commonly used drugs like Tylenol. Unfortunately, it is alleged that some drug manufacturers do not warn about these risks on the labels of their medicines. For many years nobody questioned the safety of Tylenol but recent reports suggest that liver damage and SJS are real dangers. Our law firm is investigating the possible allegations of manufacturing defects, design defects, and failure to w
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