As a Dallas, Texas medical doctor and Extra Strength Tylenol Liver Failure and catastrophic injury attorney I am providing this timely update for folks who have been injured by Extra strength Tylenol medication.
A Massachusetts woman has recently filed a product liability and personal injury lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson and its McNeil Consumer Healthcare subsidiary the makers of Extra Strength Tylenol. The plaintiff, Kayleigh Sechi alleges that the companies have failed to adequately warn consumers about the risks of liver failure from Extra Strength Tylenol.
Sechi claims that she took Extra Strength Tylenol for just two weeks in 2008, before being diagnosed with acute liver failure side effects of acetaminophen. Sechi’s lawsuit accuses the defendants of breach of warranty, defective design and manufacturing, negligence, and failure to warn. The lawsuit seeks compensatory damages for medical expenses and legal fees.
Johnson & Johnson and McNeil Consumer Healthcare Knew about Extra Strength Tylenol Liver Failure Risks
According to medical experts, the manufacturers have known since 1975 that acetaminophen may cause liver damage and failure, but failed to adequately warn the public of the risks. Johnson & Johnson and McNeil Consumer Healthcare the Tylenol manufacturers introduced Extra Strength Tylenol in 1975, containing 500mg of acetaminophen. Tylenol became the best selling brand of over-the-counter analgesic by July 1976.
Many medical studies have shown a dose related connection between Tylenol and liver failure, and higher doses of Tylenol and frequency increases the risk of liver failure and liver damage. There was a 1994 label warning indicating that alcohol use also increased the risks of liver failure.
FDA Investigation and Warning
The FDA has stated that acetaminophen overdose is a leading cause of liver failure in the U.S., resulting in more than 50,000 emergency room visits, 25,000 hospitalizations and over 450 deaths annually. In a 2002 FDA advisory committee meeting, experts found that there were between 1,000 and 2,000 acetaminophen-induced liver failures each year.
Lawsuits Against Tylenol Manufacturers
The lawsuits allege that the drug maker failed to warn about the risks of liver failure associated with the use of Tylenol. And the general public are not aware of the fact that many commonly available over the counter pain killers and a number of cold medications contain acetaminophen.
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Shezad Malik is an Internal Medicine and Cardiology specialist, a licensed Texas Medical Doctor and Defective Medical Device and Dangerous Drug Attorney. Dr Shezad Malik Law Firm has offices based in Fort Worth and Dallas and represents people who have suffered catastrophic and serious personal injuries including wrongful death, caused by the negligence or recklessness of others.