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About 150 Americans a year die by accidentally taking too much acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol. The toll does not have to be so high. More »

A mix-up between two Tylenol products threatened a baby’s life. It was an all-too-easy mistake to make – and both the FDA and the Johnson & Johnson unit that makes Tylenol knew it had happened before. More »

Many common over-the-counter drugs contain acetaminophen. Taking more than one at the same time increases your chance of “double-dipping”—accidentally overdosing. Look up your drugs »

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FDA Opens Review of Rules for Over-the-Counter Drugs, Including Acetaminophen

Federal regulators’ announcement that they will examine the regulation of non-prescription drugs such as acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, follows a ProPublica investigation.

Schumer Calls on Drug Makers to Add Safety Devices to Children’s Medicines Within a Year

Flow restrictors -- safety valves that cost pennies per bottle -- could save thousands of kids from being rushed to emergency rooms each year, but most children’s medications still don’t have them.

Over-The-Counter Pills Left Out of FDA Acetaminophen Limits

Federal drug regulators are moving to enforce a ban on prescription drugs with more than 325 milligrams of acetaminophen. But you’ll still be able to buy pills that contain up to twice that dose over-the-counter at the gas station or grocery store.

The Fix Isn’t In: Why a Safety Device That Can Stop Overdoses by Kids Isn’t Widely Used

Safety valves that cost pennies per bottle could save thousands of kids from being rushed to emergency rooms each year. A doctor has campaigned to have the devices added to all liquid medicines, but so far he’s had limited success.

Five Consumer Resources From Our Acetaminophen Investigation

Nine Ideas to Make Tylenol and Other Acetaminophen Drugs Safer

Scientists, regulators and manufacturers have come up with numerous proposals that could reduce the toll of deaths and injuries from one of America’s most popular drugs.

Discussion: Acetaminophen Risks, Safety Measures

About 150 Americans a year die by accidentally taking too much acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol. How has acetaminophen become America’s most popular pain reliever, despite serious health risks? Join ProPublica for a discussion of our latest investigation.

Tylenol’s Risks Not Fully Understood, Poll Shows

Most Americans know that overdosing can be dangerous but many wrongly think it’s safe to mix drugs containing acetaminophen, a nationwide poll found.

Dose of Confusion

A mix-up between two Tylenol products threatened a baby’s life. It was an all-too-easy mistake to make – and both the FDA and the Johnson & Johnson unit that makes Tylenol knew it had happened before.

Use Only as Directed

About 150 Americans a year die by accidentally taking too much acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol. The toll does not have to be so high.

Behind the Numbers

We explore the data behind figures showing how many people die from overdosing on acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol.

Should FDA Require All Acetaminophen Drugs to Carry Black Box Warnings?

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Have You Or Someone You Know Suffered Acetaminophen Poisoning?

On average, more than 150 Americans die each year from accidentally taking too much acetaminophen — and about the same number use the drug to commit suicides each year. ProPublica is seeking stories of those who have been harmed.

When Will FDA Finally Decide on Safety Guidelines for Acetaminophen, Including Tylenol?

By the 1970s, it was clear that there were serious risks associated with an overdose of acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol. But after more than 35 years, the FDA still hasn't acted.

Who’s Responsible for Deaths Caused by Mixing up Infants’ and Children’s Tylenol?

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Should Drugmakers Have to Limit Acetaminophen Pills Sold OTC?

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