Report Discusses Risks of Death and Liver Damage in Children Overdosing on the Active Ingredient in Tylenol, The Consumer Justice Foundation Reports

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The Consumer Justice Foundation, a for-profit corporation whose team of professional consumer advocates makes it its mission to provide free online educational resources regarding the potential dangers associated with certain medications, has a Web site URL located at The CJF hereby alerts the public to an article published on the Web site that states that children who accidentally overdose on acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, face a risk of death.

The Consumer Justice Foundation, a for-profit corporation whose team of professional consumer advocates who provide free online educational resources to the public with regards to the potential dangers of using certain types of medications, hereby alert the public to a report that was published on the Web site that states that accidental overdoses of acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, can lead to sudden death in children.

Specifically, the article was published on Saturday, June 9, 2012 and it stated that Dr. Rod Lim, of the Children's Hospital at the London Health Sciences Center in Ontario, Canada had written an article that appeared in the June 4 edition of the Canadian Medical Association Journal that states that overdoses of acetaminophen can lead to acute liver failure and even death in children.

In addition, the article goes on to state that the American Academy of Pediatrics and U.S. poison control centers collaborated to review 238 cases of serious medication errors in children under the age of 6 around the United States. The review found that acetaminophen overdose was the most common cause of life-threatening events, long-term illness or death in children across the country.

This link between an accidental overdose of Tylenol and liver damage or even death in children was featured in the journal article mentioned above by way of a description of a case of parents who mistakenly gave their 22-day-old infant too much acetaminophen after he was circumcised. The child’s life was saved with intravenous treatment with N-acetylcysteine, which is a common treatment for liver toxicity.

About the Consumer Justice Foundation

The Consumer Justice Foundation, whose Web site can be found at, is a for-profit organization that serves two purposes for consumers: (1) to provide educational information regarding the policies and procedures of large corporations and how they affect the average consumer; and (2) to provide news updates and resources that continue to update consumers regarding developments taken by corporations that include over-the-counter drug companies, auto manufacturers and insurance companies so that consumers who have been harmed can use these informational resources to connect to an experienced professional who can help them. The team at the Consumer Justice Foundation is staffed by experienced and passionate consumer advocates whose mission is to raise the awareness of issues that could pose a risk of harm to those who may not otherwise be aware of the dangers they face.

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