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FDA Orders Lowering Pain Reliever in Vicodin

January 17, 2011  ·  By HM&M


Federal health regulators are “limiting a key ingredient found in Vicodin, Percocet and other prescription painkillers that have been linked to thousands of cases of liver damage each year.” (Washington AP, 1/13).

The Food and Drug Administration says “it will cap the amount of acetaminophen in the drugs at 325 milligrams per capsule.” Acetaminophen is a popular pain reliever found in drugs including Tylenol and Nyquil. However, regulators now say the drug is dangerous in the high dosages found in prescription medications, especially when it combines with other drugs for pain like oxycodone.

Acetaminophen is “the leading cause of liver failure in the U.S. and sends 56,000 people to the emergency room annually,” taking the lives of 200 annually.

As a Chicago medical malpractice attorney, I am hopeful that federal regulators act quickly to make prescription painkillers safe.

January 17, 2011

A Record Year for Heatstroke Deaths

As a Chicago personal injury attorney, I am saddened by this story, and hopeful that the dim statistics will change in the future. Despite “repeated efforts to alert parents and caretakers about the dangers of leaving children and infants in automobiles on even moderately warm days,” heat stroke deaths continue in distressingly large numbers. (P.... Read More

January 17, 2011

Children are Safest in Rear Facing Car Seats Until Age Two

According to recently updated advice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the American Academy of Pediatrics, “Children should ride in rear-facing car seats longer, until they are 2 years old instead of 1.” (C. Johnson, AP Medical, Chicago AP, 3/20). Both organizations additionally advise that “older children who've outgrown front-facing car seats should... Read More

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