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Teenagers Untimely Death Draws Attention To Safety Of Over The- Counter Drugs

ccording to Kimberley Rawlings, a spokeswoman for the FDA, the agency is aware of Newman's death. "We are looking into it," she says. Yet, she declined to comment whether the labeling requirements for methyl salicylate products might be changed.

Experts say that methyl salicylate is not the only common pain reliever that can be dangerous if used improperly. Accidental poisonings from acetaminophen, best known by the Tylenol brand, are the nation's leading cause of acute liver failure.

Opines Rebecca Burkholder, vice president for health policy at the National Consumers League: A big problem is that people don't read warning labels on over-the-counter drugs. People are thinking if it's on the shelf at their local drugstore that it's harmless. "And they're going to take as much as they need to make the pain go away, she warns.


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