7/07/2009

Exaggerating the risks of acetaminophen?

The WSJ claims:

Whether or not the Food and Drug Administration decides to limit sales of acetaminophen, consumers should know this: It’s easy to take more than the recommended daily dose without realizing it. . . . .


The latest Slone Survey report (June 2009) shows that 48 million Americans took acetaminophen weekly during 2006. With 298 million Americans in the US that year and 450 fatalities from acetaminophen poisonings, this means that 1 out of every 5.6 million people who take one or more doses during a week die. That is something that the government should spend a lot of time worrying about?

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4 Comments:

Blogger bdickens said...

Of course the government should spend a lot of effort worrying about this. Stuff like this keeps them from having to deal with real problems.

7/07/2009 8:02 AM  
Blogger 1 said...

Hmmm, doesn't this remind you of the Covair hoax foisted off on the simple minded?

Then there is the ongoing man made global climate change hoax...

Its all about control over the individual by the statists...

7/07/2009 10:23 AM  
Blogger Steve_Roberts said...

Hmm, 450 fatalities out of 48m regular users looks like 1 in 106,000 to me...

But seriously, I don't keep it in the house because a fatal dose is a much lower multiple of a theraputic dose than with aspirin or ibuprofen. Much as I loathe stupidity and carelessness, I don't think they should carry a death sentence.

7/07/2009 3:50 PM  
Blogger nathan118 said...

Steve, I think you're using the 450 fatalities as a weekly figure, not as a yearly figure.

7/09/2009 5:43 PM  

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