Tylenol Lawsuit

Tylenol Lawsuit
Hundreds of Tylenol lawsuits have been filed on behalf of individuals who allegedly sustained serious liver damage, including liver failure, due to the acetaminophen in over-the-counter (OTC) Tylenol-brand medications. In some cases, liver injuries were severe enough to warrant transplantation or proved fatal.

Tylenol Legal Reviews

Bernstein Liebhard LLP provides free legal reviews to victims of acetaminophen-induced liver damage allegedly related to the use of OTC Tylenol products. If you or a loved were hospitalized, required a liver transplant, or died as a result of such complications, please contact our office today at (888) 994-5118.

Tylenol Litigation News

  • February 2016: The first federal bellwether trial in the federal Tylenol litigation is scheduled for September 2016. According to court documents pending in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the case selected for trial was filed on behalf of a man who alleges the 2010 death of his sister was the result of acute liver damage brought on by an overdose of Extra Strength Tylenol.
  • October 2015: A New Jersey Superior Court jury finds for the defense in the nation’s first Tylenol liver damage trial. In doing so, jurors determined that the plaintiff couldn’t prove she had actually taken Extra Strength Tylenol, and didn’t rule on the merits of her claim. Read More
  • April 2013: The  U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) agrees to consolidate all federal Tylenol lawsuits involving acetaminophen and liver injuries in a single federal court. The Panel determines that the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania is an appropriate venue for the proceeding.
  • January 2013: A Plaintiff in a Tylenol liver damage case has asked the JPML to centralize all such federal claims in a single jurisdiction for coordinated pretrial proceedings. Currently, 28 Tylenol lawsuits are pending in federal courts around the country, but the plaintiff’s’ motion contends that hundred of such claims could be filed in the near future.

Tylenol: What’s The Problem?

Since 1955, Tylenol brand medicines have been a near-constant presence in U.S. homes. Most consumers consider these popular OTC medications to be perfectly safe. But acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol products, can cause severe liver injuries if taken in inappropriate doses.

According to a Consumer Reports investigation published in 2014, acetaminophen overdose sends more than 80,000 people to the emergency room every year. The report noted that onc Scottish study had found that exceeding just 4,000 milligrams of acetaminophen for only a few days has the potential to seriously harm the liver. Yet, daily recommended limits for many OTC acetaminophen medications come very close to this threshold. Read More

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has warned that many of the victims of acetaminophen-related injuries were using an OTC medication that contained the ingredient, while at the same time taking an acetaminophen-based prescription drug.

“Inadvertent overdoses with prescription drugs that contain acetaminophen and a narcotic have been responsible for a significant proportion of all the cases of acetaminophen-related liver failure in the United States, some of which have resulted in liver transplant or death.

FDA has taken steps to keep consumers safe. In early 2014, FDA requested withdrawal of over 120 applications for combination prescription acetaminophen drug products containing more than 325 mg acetaminophen per dosage unit. The agency also has reminded pharmacists and physicians to stop prescribing and dispensing combination prescription acetaminophen products containing more than 325 mg. It is FDA’s understanding that as a result, all manufacturers have discontinued marketing combination prescription drug products that contain more than 325 mg of acetaminophen.

More Prominent Liver Warnings Added to OTC Tylenol Medications

It wasn’t until 2013 that  McNeil Consumer Healthcare decided to include more prominent liver damage warnings on the labels of Tylenol products. The red-lettered labels first began appearing on bottles of Extra Strength Tylenol that October. Read More

Am I Eligible To File A Tylenol Lawsuit?

You may be eligible to take legal action you or a loved one used a Tylenol-brand medication and were diagnosed with severe, acetaminophen-induced liver injury. To discuss filing a Tylenol lawsuit with an attorney at Bernstein Liebhard LLP, please call (888) 994-5118.

  1. Bloomberg News (2015) “J&J Defeats First Lawsuit on Tylenol’s Link to Liver Damage” http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-10-16/j-j-jury-finds-no-tylenol-design-defect-spokesman-says
  2. Consumer Reports (via 5 ABC News) (2014) “Warning about Acetaminophen: Consumer Reports investigates” http://www.newsnet5.com/money/consumer/consumer-specialist/warning-about-acetaminophen-consumer-reports-investigates
  3. FDA (2014) “Sometimes Drugs and the Liver Don’t Mix” http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm398855.htm
  4. Bloomberg News (2013) J&J Adds Warning to Tylenol Caps on Acetaminophen Risk http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2013-08-29/j-j-adds-warning-to-tylenol-caps-on-acetaminophen-risk
Last Modified: April 13, 2016

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