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December 28, 2005

Tylenol Linked to Liver Failure

Think popping extra pain pills cannot hurt? Think again: Accidental poisonings from the nation's most popular pain reliever seem to be rising, making acetaminophen the leading cause of acute liver failure.

Use it correctly and acetaminophen, best known by the Tylenol brand, lives up to its reputation as one of the safest painkillers. It is taken by about 100 million people a year, and liver damage occurs in only a small fraction of users.

But it is damage that can kill or require a liver transplant, damage that frustrated liver specialists insist should be avoidable. (

Posted by news editor at 08:59 AM

December 09, 2005

Merck Failed to Disclose Truth About Vioxx Study

Authors of a study funded by Vioxx maker Merck & Co. failed to disclose in a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2000 that three additional patients in a clinical study suffered heart attacks while using the now-withdrawn painkiller, the journal wrote in an editorial released Thursday. (Washington Post)

Posted by news editor at 04:19 AM