FDA poised to ban sales of Nyquil, Theraflu

FDA poised to ban sales of Nyquil and Theraflu

FDA panel to vote on painkiller restrictions

FDA panel to vote on possible restrictions for Tylenol, other painkillers to reduce overdoses

Government experts are scheduled to vote on whether Nyquil and other combination cold medications should be pulled from the market to help curb deadly overdoses.

The Food and Drug Administration has assembled more than 35 experts for a two-day meeting to discuss and vote on ways to prevent overdose with acetaminophen — the pain-relieving, fever-reducing ingredient in Tylenol and dozens of other prescription and over-the-counter medications.

Despite years of educational campaigns and other federal actions, acetaminophen remains the leading cause of liver failure in the U.S., sending 56,000 people to the emergency room annually, according to the FDA. There are about 200 acetaminophen-related deaths each year.

via The Raw Story » FDA poised to ban sales of Nyquil.

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