Acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol and hundreds of other popular medications, has recently been associated with a number of severe, potentially fatal health complications. Although acetaminophen has been on the market for more than 50 years and has a reputation as a safe ingredient, it is linked to over 26,000 hospitalizations for liver damage each year in the U.S. The Acetaminophen Lawyers at Schmidt & Clark, LLP, are evaluating potential lawsuits for residents of Utah who were adversely affected by acetaminophen side effects.
Free Acetaminophen Lawyer Evaluation: If you’ve been injured by acetaminophen in Utah, or if a loved one died after taking acetaminophen in Utah, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Utah acetaminophen lawsuit and we can help.
What’s the Problem With Acetaminophen?
Each year, acetaminophen is linked to 1000s of cases of liver damage in the United States. Even so, medicines that contain the ingredient are considered by most consumers to be safe, and many people underestimate or are unaware of the liver damage it can cause. One of the main problems with acetaminophen is that it is extremely easy to accidentally overdose on it. Bottles of Extra Strength Tylenol, which contain 500-mg of acetaminophen, can contain hundreds of pills. Additionally, over 600 widely-used products contain acetaminophen, making it easy to accidentally take more than one medicine that contains it at a time.
How Can Acetaminophen Cause Liver Injuries?
After acetaminophen is metabolized in the bloodstream, it is filtered through the liver. The liver then converts the substance into byproducts, the vast majority of which are excreted in urine. Whatever acetaminophen remains is then converted into the highly-toxic N-acetyl-p-benzoquinone imine (NAPQI). The liver can only partially filter out NAPQI. After an overdose of acetaminophen, NAPQI that is not expelled from the body kills liver cells. If too many cells are destroyed, the liver stops functioning and liver failure results.
Acetaminophen Liver Damage FDA Warning
- 1994 - Warnings resulting from a lawsuit filed by former White House aid Antonio Benedi affixed to labels of Tylenol products.
- September 2002 - An independent advisory panel to the FDA recommends that all acetaminophen-containing medications carry a warning about “severe liver injuries.”
- July 2006 - The FDA looks at a study which determined that up to 44% of Tylenol users develop elevated liver enzyme levels that were 3x the upper-limit of normal.
- April 2009 - FDA requires new bold warning about the risk of liver complications resulting from acetaminophen overdoses.
- January 2011 - FDA Safety Warning describes the risk of acetaminophen liver injuries and limits the dose to 325-mg per pill.
- July 2011 - Pharmaceutical companies agree to lower the maximum daily dose of acetaminophen from 4,000-mg to 3,000-mg.
- September 2013 - The following warnings are affixed to Tylenol caps: “Contains Acetaminophen” and “Always Read the Label.”
Do I Need an Acetaminophen Lawyer?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in acetaminophen lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new acetaminophen lawsuits in Utah and all 50 states.
Free Acetaminophen Lawyer Evaluation: Again, if you’ve been injured by acetaminophen in Utah, or if a loved one died after taking Tylenol in Utah, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.