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Faced with more than 85 federal court cases alleging the plaintiffs suffered liver failure from Tylenol despite having taken that over-the-counter pain reliever as directed, Johnson & Johnson's McNeil Consumer Healthcare unit will change the caps on Tylenol bottles to state “CONTAINS ACETAMINOPHEN” and “ALWAYS READ THE LABEL” in red lettering’ So reports USA Today.

 

The new bottle-caps will appear on new bottles of Extra Strength Tylenol in stores in October and on the bottles of other versions of the product sometime thereafter. The lawsuits that McNeil is currently facing claim the company, among other things, risked the lives of consumers by making “conscious decisions not to redesign, re-label, warn or inform the unsuspecting consuming public."

 

McNeil first changed Tylenol's packaging to state that there was a risk of liver damage back in 1994, after a plaintiff fell into coma and required a liver transplant after mixing Tylenol with a glass of wine at dinner. That change warned against the risk of liver damage when combining Tylenol with alcohol only.

 

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