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A study just
published in JAMA Pediatrics finds that Tylenol (acetaminophen) taken by women
during their pregnancy may raise the risk of ADHD (Attention Deficit
Hyperactive Disorder) and similar disorders in their children up to 40% -- with
the risk increasing the more acetaminophen the mother takes. And a study
published late last year showed that women taking acetaminophen during
pregnancy increased the risk of their children having serious behavior problems
at age 3 by an overwhelming 70%.
Unsurprisingly, the manufacturer is denying any
accountability, citing the lack of “randomized controlled studies demonstrating
a causal link.” The drug maker’s further statement that Tylenol has “one of the
most favorable safety profiles” is ridiculous if one simply looks at the data. Every
year, 78,000 people go to the emergency room from intentional or accidental
acetaminophen overdose; 33,000 are hospitalized, and about 450 die.
Tell the FDA to change its labeling on drugs containing
acetaminophen to provide a warning to pregnant mothers.
Please customize your letter if
you have the time!
Warn Pregnant Women about Acetaminophen Dangers!
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]