Interesting news about the use and dosage of acetaminophen and recommendation to ban two of our favorites: Vicodin and Percocet.
Taken from Orthosupersite.com --
In a two-day joint meeting, members of the FDA advisory committees for drug safety and risk management, anesthetic and life support drugs and nonprescription drugs convened to examine liver injury associated with the use of acetaminophen in OTC and prescription drugs and to formulate methods to prevent acetaminophen overdose.
According to the New York Times, the panel recommended banning Percocet (Endo Pharmaceuticals) and Vicodin (Abbott Laboratories) in a 20-17 vote.
In a 24-13 vote, they also suggested lowering the maximum allowed dosage of acetaminophen in OTC medications from 500 mg to 325 mg.
The group also called for decreasing the maximum daily dosage to less than 4,000 mg. However, the panel voted against recommendations to limit the number of pills contained in each bottle and banning combination medications that include acetaminophen.