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New FDA Acetaminophen Regulations

January 9, 2014, 6:20 PM by Stephanie Gregory

New FDA Acetaminophen Regulations

For millions of Americans stopping at the pharmacy is a regular errand.

"I take a blood pressure medicine, that's all and pain pills when you need them," Michael Ornseth said.

Overall Michael Ornseth, 75, of Sioux Falls doesn't take much medicine. If he does need pain pills he may change his choice because of new regulation by the FDA. Ornseth, like others, don't know much about the new guidelines. That is why Lewis Pharmacy is trying to inform people of what's to come.

"We've been proactive in contacting the prescribed to make sure that they realize that the hydrocodone product that they are writing need to be written in 325 or less going forward," Lewis Drug Pharmacy Director Bill Ladwig said.

Ladwig says come Tuesday, January 14th you will no longer be able to get more than 350 milligrams of acetaminophen in prescription drug products. The FDA says the change is providing an increased margin of safety to help prevent liver damage due to acetaminophen overdosing; it is something that is becoming a serious public health problem.

"People who are in a lot of pain can take more hydrocondone containing products and that could eventually ruin the liver," Ladwig said.

If you do have a prescription at home that contains more than 350 milligrams of acetaminophen Ladwig says to call you doctor and see if the prescription can be changed. The FDA is also requiring safety labeling changes, including a new boxed warning that shows new safety information about the risk of liver damage.

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