Advisory panel recommends ban on pain relieversPosted on Jul 01, 2009
The New York Times reports that a federal advisory panel approved recommending a ban on pain medications Percocet and Vicodin. According to the Times, this recommendation took place because of concerns about liver damage from products containing acetaminophen found in over-the-counter pain medications.
The federal advisory panel makes recommendations to the Federal Drug Administration (FDA). It is the place of the FDA then to implement such a ban if this recommendation is followed.
According to the article in the Times, Americans bought 28 billion doses of medications containing acetaminophen in 2005. This drug is sometimes combined with other narcotics in seven other prescription drugs and these also would be affected if the FDA implements a ban, according to the Times.
Research shows that even taking the recommended dosage of this drug for fever or headaches can result in liver damage in some people, according to the article. In addition to this, over 400 people die and 42,000 are hospitalized every year in the US because of overdoses, according to the Times.