Underdosing the antidote for acetaminophen.

  title={Underdosing the antidote for acetaminophen.},
  author={A L Anker and Martin J. Smilkstein},
  volume={269 10},
To the Editor. —We would like to inform your readers of a disturbing pattern in the treatment of acetaminophen overdoses. The Oregon Poison Center serves a population of 2.5 million people and, like all poison centers, it frequently deals with acetaminophen overdoses. In the last 6 months we have noted three instances in which physicians treating patients with acetaminophen overdoses discontinued acetylcysteine therapy on the basis of serial acetaminophen assays and did not complete the… Expand


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