Paracetamol-related deaths in Scotland, 1994-2000

Christopher L. Sheen, John F. Dillon, D. Nicholas Bateman, Kenneth J. Simpson, Thomas M. MacDonald

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    Abstract

    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)430-432
    Number of pages3
    JournalBritish Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
    Volume54
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2002

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