FDA Panel Pushes Acetaminophen Painkiller Ban

Law360, New York (July 1, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Popular prescription painkillers including Abbott Laboratories' Vicodin and Endo Pharmaceuticals Holdings Inc.'s Percocet may soon be pulled from the market, after a narrow majority of U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel members reportedly voted Tuesday to eliminate the drugs because they contain acetaminophen, which has been linked to liver damage and death.

The recommendation came during a two-day joint meeting in Adelphi, Md., of the drug safety and risk management advisory committee and the nonprescription drugs advisory committee regarding how to address the public health...
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