As Tylenol Lawsuits Alleging Liver Damage Mount, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Notes New Report Suggesting Infants' Tylenol Could be Made Safer

Jan 09, 2014, 11:58 ET from Bernstein Liebhard LLP

NEW YORK, Jan. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- As Tylenol liver damage lawsuits ( continue to mount in courts around the country, Bernstein Liebhard LLP notes that a new investigation conducted by Consumer Reports suggests that the risk of acetaminophen overdose associated with Infants' Tylenol could be reduced via a different type of flow-restrictor cap than what is currently used with the medication.

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The investigation, which was published in December 2013, found Infants' Tylenol was among brands outfitted with an "open flow restrictor," a design that consists of a plastic disc with a small hole in the center. Consumer Reports' testing found that while this design will prevent a child from emptying the contents of a bottle quickly, it was not as effective as "closed flow restrictors" favored by some other manufacturers. A closed flow restrictor consists of a similar plastic disc, but also includes an elastic valve in the small hole. This valve opens when the tip of the syringe is inserted in the bottle, then closes when it's removed, greatly reducing – and in some cases completely eliminating – the amount of medication that can be shaken, squeezed or sucked out of the bottle.

"Some of the Tylenol lawsuits currently pending in courts around the country were filed on behalf of children allegedly injured by Tylenol products.  As Consumer Reports points out, far too many children are admitted to the emergency room every year because of acetaminophen overdoses associated with Tylenol and similar products," says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm is offering free legal reviews to individuals who may have suffered liver damage associated with the use of Tylenol.

Tylenol and Liver Damage

Acetaminophen is the active ingredient in Infants' Tylenol and other Tylenol-brand over-the-counter products, including Tylenol PM, Tylenol Arthritis Pain, Tylenol Sinus Congestion & Pain, and Tylenol Cold & Flu. According to a report issued by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 2009, acetaminophen-induced liver failure was the major cause of acute liver failure in the U.S. between 1998 and 2003. From 1990 to 1998, acetaminophen products were blamed for 56,000 emergency room admissions, 26,000 hospitalizations, and 458 deaths annually.

Last August, Johnson & Johnson announced it would be adding more prominent warning labels to Tylenol medications regarding the risk of serious liver injuries. Extra Strength Tylenol was scheduled to start appearing with the new warnings in October, with other products scheduled to follow.

According to court documents, more than 100 lawsuits have been filed in a multidistrict litigation underway in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, on behalf of alleged victims of Tylenol liver damage. Many of these complaints claim that plaintiffs sustained severe liver injuries, even when a Tylenol product was used according to label directions. Plaintiffs in Tylenol lawsuits further allege that Johnson & Johnson failed to provide adequate warnings regarding this risk. (In Re: Tylenol (Acetaminophen) Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2436)

Users of Tylenol-brand products who suffered serious liver injuries that resulted in hospitalization, liver transplantation or death may be eligible to file a Tylenol lawsuit seeking compensation from Johnson & Johnson. To learn more about Tylenol liver damage, please visit Bernstein Liebhard LLP's website, or call (888) 340-4807 for a free, no obligation legal review.

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