Aims To investigate the death rate due to paracetamol poisoning in Scotland and what effect the reduction in over-the-counter paracetamol pack sizes in 1998 had on the death rate. Methods Records from 1994 to 2000 were examined to identify the number and annual incidence of paracetamol-related deaths. Numbers of deaths before and after the pack size reduction were compared. Results No significant differences were shown due to the pack size reduction. The Scottish paracetamol-related death rate was twice as high as in England and Wales. Conclusions Further measures to reduce paracetamol-related morbidity and mortality in Scotland should be considered.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology|
|Publication status||Published - 2002|
Sheen, C. L., Dillon, J. F., Bateman, D. N., Simpson, K. J., & MacDonald, T. M. (2002). Paracetamol-related deaths in Scotland, 1994-2000. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 54(4), 430-432. https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-2125.2002.t01-1-01671.x