“Overdose: Use Only as Directed” explains how acetaminophen, America’s most popular painkiller, is much more dangerous than people believe, leading to 150 accidental deaths and tens of thousands of hospitalizations a year. What’s more, the FDA and McNeil, the maker of Tylenol, have failed — over decades — to take steps that would reduce the toll.
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