FDA Panel Says Painkiller Dosage Should Be Reduced

More than 35 government experts voted 21-16 yesterday to reduce the maximum dosage of 4 grams for combination cold medications with acetaminophen, including Tylenol.

ADELPHI, Md. — More than 35 government experts voted 21-16 here yesterday to reduce the maximum dosage of 4 grams for combination cold medications with acetaminophen, including Tylenol.

They also voted 24-13 to limit the single dosage of such medication to 650 milligrams compared to the current single dosage of 1,000 milligrams.

The panel at the two-day meeting arranged by the Food and Drug Administration voted against the proposal to pull the products off the market in

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