Update on Tylenol Lawsuits Alleging Liver Failure: Resource4thePeople Reports Labeling Changes Will Reflect Life-Threatening Liver Side Effects

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Manufacturer to launch nationwide campaign to warn of liver cancer dangers. Resource4thePeople will continue to offer free consultations to consumers over allegations that Tylenol and other acetaminophens may cause liver cancer.


An important development is being announced today by Resource4thePeople for consumers who may have been affected by allegations that Tylenol (acetaminophen) products and other acetaminophens may cause liver cancer.

The popular painkiller's manufacturer has announced a nationwide campaign to inform consumers that taking too much of the medication can cause liver cancer problems that may prove fatal.*

"This is an important step on the part of Tylenol's manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson, in acknowledging the same dangers that have been the focus claims made by consumers in numerous Tylenol liver cancer lawsuits," said Resource4thePeople.

"It is expected that this campaign will generate more inquiries from consumers about their legal rights to seek compensation for alleged liver damage and our national network of attorneys is announcing that it will continue its policy of offering free consultations over Tylenol liver cancer claims."

As part of the plan, reports the Associated Press in an Aug. 29, 2013** story, there will soon be red warnings on Tylenol products alerting users to the potentially fatal risks of taking too much of the popular pain reliever.

"The unusual step, disclosed by the company that makes Tylenol, comes amid a growing number of lawsuits and pressure from the federal government that could have widespread ramifications for a medicine taken by millions of people every day," the AP reported in the story.

The latest statistics*** provided by federal court officials about the number of federal Tylenol liver cancer lawsuits involving allegations that have been consolidated into a multidistrict litigation shows the number of cases has risen to 80.

The cases**** before U.S. District Judge Lawrence Stengel in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania were consolidated because they contain common claims from plaintiffs that they should be compensated over allegations that the use of Tylenol products and other acetaminophens caused liver cancer.

Most of the lawsuits alleging links between Tylenol and severe liver damage were filed after a June 24, 2009 safety communication***** (updated on April 11, 2013) was issued by the Food and Drug Administration warning that acetaminophen, when taken in doses stronger than the recommended amount, can cause life-threatening health problems.

The FDA said it issued the warning after an advisory committee of medical experts and physicians met to address the problem of liver injury related to the use of acetaminophen in both over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription products.

The FDA said acetaminophen is the generic name of a drug found in many common brand name OTC products such as Tylenol, as well as prescription products such as Vicodin and Percocet.

“Acetaminophen is an important drug, and its effectiveness in relieving pain and fever is widely known,” said the FDA. “This drug is generally considered safe when used according to the directions on its labeling. But taking more than the recommended amount can cause liver damage, ranging from abnormalities in liver function blood tests, to acute liver failure, and even death.”

The allegations contained in consolidated federal lawsuits claiming that the use of Tylenol products may cause liver cancer are similar to the warning raised in the FDA health advisory.

"Many consumers are unaware of the possible side effects from the use of the popular pain-killer Tylenol, as evidenced by the allegations made in a multidistrict litigation now pending in federal court," said Resource4thePeople.

"Consumers should also be aware that even though this multidistrict litigation is progressing they still may be eligible file their own individual lawsuit over Tylenol liver cancer allegations," said Resource4thePeople.

"Every case involves a different set of facts but the best way to determine eligibility is to contact us as soon as possible for a consultation about the merits involved."

Resource4thePeople also said it will continue to provide updates for consumers about developments involving Tylenol and alleged cases of liver cancer as well as new government reports and recently published medical research on the issue.

Judge Stengel in a June 17, 2013 order***** posted the master complaint that contains allegations common to all of the plaintiffs who are suing the drug's manufacturers over these claims.

The master complaint identifies pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson and subsidiaries McNeil-PPC, Inc. and McNeil Consumer Healthcare as defendants in the lawsuits. The companies have denied the allegations, which the complaint specifies:

"As a direct and proximate result of the acts and omissions of Defendants, and Plaintiffs’ use of Tylenol, Plaintiffs have suffered death, serious permanent physical injury, life-changing, life-altering pain and suffering, loss of income, loss of opportunity, loss of family and social relationships, and medical, hospital, surgical and funeral expenses and other expenses related to diagnosis and treatment thereof, for which Defendants are liable," the plaintiffs claim in their filing. "As a direct and proximate result of Plaintiffs use of Tylenol, Plaintiffs have suffered and will continue to suffer pecuniary and other losses."

The complaint also contains allegations that "Plaintiffs have been prevented from pursuing their normal activities and employment, have experienced severe pain and suffering and mental anguish, and have been deprived of their ordinary pursuits and enjoyments of life."

The complaint also alleges that: "Plaintiffs' spouses have lost, presently and in the future, their spouse's companionship, services, society and the ability of Plaintiffs' spouses in said respect has been impaired and depreciated, and the marital association between husband and wife has been altered, and as such, the Plaintiffs' spouses have been caused mental anguish and suffering."

At this stage of the litigation the lawyers for both sides are in the preliminary stages of evidence-gathering, according to the court file.

****In Re: Tylenol (Acetaminophen) Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation; Case 2:2013md02436

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