Health Canada looks to reduce daily acetaminophen dosage

An article in the Ottawa Citizen on the proposed daily dosage reduction of the painkiller acetaminophen quoted Dr. Eric Yoshida, a professor of medicine at UBC.

The federal health department is proposing to reduce the daily recommended dose of acetaminophen from four grams to 2.6 grams per day as there have been reports of liver damage at doses under the recommended maximum.

Yoshida, who is part of the liver transplant program at Vancouver General Hospital said the potential change is “common sense. If we could save one person from having a liver transplant that they wouldn’t otherwise have needed, or prevent one person from dying, it would be worth it.”

Similar articles appeared in the Montreal GazetteOttawa Sun, Calgary HeraldThe Province, and Vancouver Sun.