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J&J tries new cap to curb fatal Tylenol overdoses

WASHINGTON — Tylenol bottles will soon bear red warnings alerting users to the potentially fatal risks of taking too much of the popular pain reliever. The unusual step comes amid lawsuits and pressure from the government that could have widespread ramifications for a medicine taken by millions of people every day.

Johnson & Johnson said the warning will appear in coming months on the caps of Extra Strength Tylenol and most other Tylenol bottles. It will make it explicit the over-the-counter drug contains acetaminophen, a pain-relieving ingredient that is the nation’s leading cause of sudden liver failure.

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