Restrictions on paracetamol planned

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 30 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1352

The British government is planning to limit the availability of paracetamol to reduce the number of suicides and cases of accidental overdose with the drug. There are over 3000 hospital admissions each year in Britain as a result of poisoning through paracetamol, and more than 150 deaths from overdose.

The Medicines Control Agency is proposing to limit packs of paracetamol on general sale to no more than 12 (500 mg or 120 mg) tablets or capsules and to limit pharmacy sale to no more than 30 tablets or capsules. The agency said that this should …

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