McNeil Consumer Healthcare, which is owned by Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and makes Tylenol, will start placing new warning labels on bottles of the pain reliever.
The new warnings come during a growing number of lawsuits against the company. Tylenol contains acetaminophen, which is the United States’ leading cause of sudden liver failure. Acetaminophen overdoses send 55,000 to 80,000 Americans to the emergency room and kills at least 500 people each year. Bottles of Extra Strength Tylenol will begin carrying the acetaminophen warning labels on its cap in October, other Tylenol bottles will get the warning labels in the coming months. The labels will warn consumers about the risk of overdosing on acetaminophen. The FDA has recommended that the company completely remove Extra Strength Tylenol as an over-the-counter drug and instead offer it as a prescription, reports The New York Daily News.
“With more than 600 (over the counter) and prescription medications containing acetaminophen on the market, this is an important step because it will help remind consumers to always read the label,” Johnson & Johnson told CNN.