Health — 10 August 2013

By Pat Anson, Editor

Acetaminophen, one of the world’s most widely used pain relievers, can cause a rare but serious skin reaction, according to a new warning from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The agency is requiring that a warning about skin reactions be added to the labels of all prescription drugs containing acetaminophen, and said it would work with manufacturers to get the warnings added to the labels of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines containing acetaminophen.

“Although rare, possible reactions to acetaminophen include three serious skin diseases whose symptoms can include rash, blisters and, in the worst case, widespread damage to the surface of skin,” the FDA said in a statement.

“If you are taking acetaminophen and develop a rash or other skin reaction, stop taking the product immediately and seek medical attention right away.”

Read more at National Pain Report.

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Pat Anson, Editor

Pat is Editor in Chief of American News Report. He is a veteran journalist and a former correspondent and producer for HealthWeek (PBS), Nightly Business Report (PBS) and other nationally syndicated shows. Pat has won numerous journalism awards, including a Golden Mike award for investigative reporting.

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