Acetaminophen May Get Pulled From Rx Combo Products After Narrow Vote
FDA will have to balance the goal of preventing liver injury with concerns about access to treatment and narcotic abuse as it weighs whether to implement a joint advisory committee's narrow recommendation to remove acetaminophen from combination Rx products
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Because the agency can move faster on Rx products than OTCs, non-prescription products will have higher acetaminophen levels than Rx drugs, at least for the time being.
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