TYLENOL, IS IT SAFE?
What if a dietary supplement, like Vitamin C or CoQ10 was shown to kill 100 people and cause 56,000 emergency room visits each year? Without a doubt, the supplement would be banned immediately and those who knowingly marketed such a lethal product would be subject to severe criminal penalties.
On January 22, 2004 the FDA confirmed that acetaminophen is extremely dangerous. Acetaminophen is sold under the brand name Tylenol and is contained in 600 other drug products. In 2002, an FDA scientific advisory committee urged that warnings be put on the labels of acetaminophen drugs. Despite overwhelming documentation confirming the drug's toxicity, the FDA said no to its own scientific advisors. The FDA spends tens of millions of dollars a year attacking companies selling natural health products that have harmed no one. Yet, the FDA is making virtually no effort to prevent the 100 deaths and 56,000 emergency room visits that the agency itself admits are caused by acetaminophen drugs every year!
While the FDA was preoccupied with acetaminophen induced liver failure, it overlooked studies showing that regular users of the drug may be doubling their risk of kidney cancer. What does that translate to in actual numbers of victims? Each year, almost 12,000 Americans die of kidney cancer. The incidence of kidney cancer in the US has risen 126% since the 1950's, a jump that may be tied to the growing use of drugs containing phenacetin or acetaminophen. Acetaminophen is the major metabolite of phenacetin (a painkiller that was banned because it causes server kidney toxicity), which means that some of the destructive properties exhibited by phenacetin could have been caused by its breakdown to acetaminophen in the body.
Despite the overwhelming evidence that acetaminophen use should be strictly limited, the FDA capitulates to pharmaceutical companies that earn billions of dollars a year selling this lethal class of analgesic drug. By failing to mandate a warning of the label of acetaminophen products, the FDA once again demonstrates its propensity for protecting the pharmaceutical industry's economic interests at the expense of the American public's health.
Did you know that if you take 5000 Tylenol pills in your life time ( 2 pills per day, is 700+/year. In 7 years you will have consumed over 5000 pills) you are 8 times more likely to die from liver failure.