Tylenol Liver Failure Lawsuit
Tylenol, the #1 doctor recommended brand of pain relief and a name trusted by Americans for years to treat aches and reduce fevers, has been linked to liver failure. A Tylenol liver failure lawsuit has been filed against Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary, McNeill-PPC, alleging that the company violated consumer protection laws and failed to warn consumers of the grave side effects of Tylenol. Plaintiff Antonia Oelke claims that the side effects of Extra Strength Tylenol caused her severe health problems, leaving her with acute liver damage.
The complaint asserts that the warnings about cases of liver failure from using Extra Strength Tylenol were not properly displayed on the labeling information. Oelke avers that she took Extra Strength Tylenol at the appropriate times and in the suggested amounts as recommended on the label. Despite following the recommended daily dosage instructions on the label, Oelke alleges that she was hospitalized for acute liver failure after ingesting the over-the-counter medication.
In 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirmed the link between Tylenol and liver damage. Acetaminophen, the generic name for Tylenol and the active ingredient in Extra Strength Tylenol, is a chemical used to reduce pain and fever and is primarily metabolized in the liver. Under ordinary conditions, the liver can remove the acetaminophen and its byproducts; however, when too much acetaminophen builds up in the liver, the body has to use other pathways to eliminate the compound. When the alternate pathway in the liver is used to eliminate the byproduct, it creates a toxic compound called NAPQI, which can cause severe damage to the liver.
Acetaminophen is the active ingredient in more than 600 over-the-counter and prescription medicines, besides Tylenol. Liver damage is the most severe side effect of Tylenol and other acetaminophen based products, and can be fatal. For some people, even going slightly over the recommended dosage can cause acute liver failure which can have deadly consequences.
If you or a loved one has suffered liver injury or liver failure after taking Tylenol or another drug containing acetaminophen, you may be entitled to relief. Please contact Khorrami Boucher, LLP for a confidential consultation.