FDA Links Acetaminophen To Fatal Skin Disease

Law360, New York (August 1, 2013, 6:31 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned consumers Thursday of a link between the widely used fever and pain reliever acetaminophen and a number of rare but potentially deadly skin diseases, alerting users to be on the lookout for rashes, blisters and adverse skin reactions.

The FDA said it has identified evidence of a connection between use of acetaminophen — one of the most widely-used medicines in the U.S. — and the skin diseases Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis. Both diseases typically require hospitalization and...
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