Paracetamol pack size restriction: the impact on paracetamol poisoning and the over-the-counter supply of paracetamol, aspirin and ibuprofen.

@article{Sheen2002ParacetamolPS,
  title={Paracetamol pack size restriction: the impact on paracetamol poisoning and the over-the-counter supply of paracetamol, aspirin and ibuprofen.},
  author={Christopher L Sheen and John F. Dillon and David Nicholas Bateman and Kenneth James Simpson and Thomas M. MacDonald},
  journal={Pharmacoepidemiology and drug safety},
  year={2002},
  volume={11 4},
  pages={329-31}
}
PURPOSE Self-poisoning occurs with over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, particularly paracetamol (acetaminophen). In 1998, OTC pack sizes of paracetamol were reduced. We have studied the effect of this pack size restriction on OTC supply of paracetamol, aspirin and ibuprofen. METHODS IMS Health UK provided data on the UK sales of paracetamol, aspirin and ibuprofen. The total mass and number of packs of each drug supplied were compared for the years 1998, 1999 and 2000. RESULTS The mass of aspirin… CONTINUE READING
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