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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.

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US Says Too Much Flouride In Water

The lives of many veterans from the wars in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan may change as “the government is preparing to issue new rules that will make it substantially easier for veterans who have been found to have post traumatic stress disorder receive disability benefits.” (J. Dao, NY Times, 7/7). The Department of Veterans Affairs... 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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