Harvard Health Letter

Update on acetaminophen

After the August 2009 issue went to press, an FDA advisory panel made several recommendations regarding acetaminophen at its June 29-30 meeting.

Although this is an important step, it's not the final word: the FDA isn't required to follow the advice of its advisory committee, which are made up of outside experts.

The agency is expected to make a final decision on the acetaminophen recommendations some time in the next several months. And, naturally, there will be some lag before any changes are implemented.

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