Quality control issues are at the heart of the Tylenol recall. For several years, McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a division of Johnson & Johnson (J&J,) has been having difficulty maintaining proper manufacturing standards at plants where Tylenol and other over-the-counter medicines are manufactured. The company has not been very forthcoming to the public about what has gone wrong, but industry insiders claim that the facilities are out-of-date, and in need of stricter oversight of quality control. Read more.
Tylenol (acetaminophen) is a very popular pain reliever and fever reducer. Millions of people take Tylenol for everything from minor headaches, arthritis pain, fevers, sprains, to other painful conditions. Acetaminophen is also a common addition to other over-the-counter products such as cough syrup, cold and allergy medicines, and other medications. People with compromised livers and kidneys are particularly susceptible to inadvertently overdosing on Tylenol due to the body’s inability to adequately flush out the remnants of the drug. If you have liver or kidney issues, it is important to consult with a physician about whether or not it is safe for you to take Tylenol or other medicines that contain acetaminophen. Read more.
The short answer to that question is yes. All medications must pass through the liver and kidneys as they exit the body. The liver, in particular, is especially vulnerable because of a toxic chemical byproduct, N-acetyl-p-benzo-quinone imine ( NAPQI), that acetaminophen produces. The liver is able to metabolize “normal” amounts of NAPQI, but if there is too much in the body, liver damage can occur. Fortunately, most liver damage is reversible, but in extreme cases, liver failure can occur, and can be fatal. It is important to follow dosing instructions on packages of Tylenol, or talk to your doctor about whether or not Tylenol is safe for you to take. Read more.
Yes, there are pending Tylenol lawsuits currently in courts nationwide, filed by plaintiffs alleging that they have suffered severe liver damage from taking too much Tylenol. There is also a group of federal Tylenol lawsuits that have been consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. These cases are being overseen by one judge in order to speed up pretrial proceedings. At this time, no Tylenol lawsuits have reached the trial phase of litigation. Read more.
There have not been any settlements offered by McNeil or J&J to any plaintiffs who have filed Tylenol lawsuits. That might change as more lawsuits join the MDL, or are brought in state and local courts. Very often, manufacturers of dangerous drugs or medical devices attempt to settle out-of-court with plaintiffs who have been injured by faulty products, in order to avoid going to trial. This is not yet an option for Tylenol plaintiffs. Read more.
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