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Tylenol red label will warn of deadly risks

Listen up if you take the popular pain reliever Tylenol.
Listen up if you take the popular pain reliever Tylenol.

Johnson & Johnson says the warning will appear on the cap of each new bottle of Extra Strength Tylenol sold in the U.S. in October.

The label will make it explicitly clear that the over-the-counter drug contains acetaminophen, a pain-relieving ingredient that's the nation's leading cause of sudden liver failure.

The new cap is designed to grab the attention of people who don't read warnings that already appear in the fine print on the product's label.

The move comes at a critical time for the company, which faces more than 85 personal injury lawsuits in federal court that blame Tylenol for liver injuries and deaths.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration overdoses from acetaminophen send 55,000 to 80,000 people to the emergency room in the U.S. each year and kill at least 500.


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