California considers declaring acetaminophen a cancer-causing drug

WFLA: SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A fight is coming to California over whether to list one of the world’s most common over-the-counter drugs as a carcinogen, echoing recent high-profile battles over things like alcohol and coffee.

The drug is acetaminophen, known outside the U.S. as paracetamol and used to treat pain and fevers. It is the basis for more than 600 prescription and over-the-counter medications for adults and children, found in well-known brands like Tylenol, Excedrin, Sudafed, Robitussin and Theraflu.

Acetaminophen has been available in the U.S. without a prescription since 1955. Concerns about its potential link to cancer come from its relationship to another drug: phenacetin. That drug, once a common treatment for headaches and other ailments, was banned by the FDA in 1983 because it caused cancer.RELATED STORIES:

State regulators have reviewed 133 studies about acetaminophen, all of which were published in peer-reviewed journals. Some studies reported an increased risk of some types of cancers, while others did not. Overall, the review noted acetaminophen has been difficult to examine because it is hard to isolate it from other variables that could contribute to cancer, such as smoking.

A state law known as Proposition 65 says California must warn people of any chemical known to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity. The state’s list has grown to about 900 chemicals, including toxic pesticides and flame retardants, and is more extensive than any in the U.S. Some critics say California regulators have been overzealous, requiring warning labels for countless products that confuse instead of inform consumers when the risk of cancer is disputed. read more

12 Comments on California considers declaring acetaminophen a cancer-causing drug

  1. Yeah, well, I declare California a cancer on the rest of America. So there.
    You know what they’re doing?
    They’re trying to force drug companies to pay some $$$ to do bidness with CA, to not have the drug declared bad.
    It’s the same shit they do to land developers with ‘native plant’ bullshit. Once the developer throws money at a campaign or two, everyone looks away.

    I hope tylenol sues. Not just Tylenol, but every company who uses acetaminophen in their formulas.

  2. …they pretty actively want all the actual American citizens to die or leave, don’t they?

    …replacement populations are ALREADY used to tyranny and privation, so they are MUCH easier to rule…

  3. Announce there will be no more sales after Sept. 1 of any of their products. People will stock up, a black market will develop, and the newly awakened populace will seek revenge at the ballot box the next election.

  4. To back up what Antidote said: If you go to California I doubt you can be out and about for more that five minutes without seeing something with the label saying “The State of California has found (something in this item) can cause cancer.” I bet people don’t even pay attention to those labels anymore. They are ubiquitous.

  5. Leftists, always want to protect you from theoretical threats. When the threats are real like Muslims, illegal aliens, Hiv, wildfires and feces on the sidewalk, they do everything they can to prevent you from protecting yourself.

  6. So, how does this (or any other substance recently banned by California [but not anywhere else]) “cause” cancer? Does it cause corruption on the cellular/genetic level? Is there conclusive evidence that any of these chemicals disrupt the body to that degree?

    If they do, banning may be in order. And while you’re doing that you might want to take a closer look at soybean oil:

  7. They can ban aspirin, but won’t do a damn thing about the bio-hazard from the used hypodermic needles and piles of human scat left all over the place.
    Sounds like the corrupt turds didn’t get the kickback they wanted from Bayer.

  8. There was less cancer before modern chemicals, because fewer people lived long enough to develop cancer, which is mostly caused by damaged cell replication due to background radiation – which is bigger than the allowable radiation from nuclear power.

    Outlawing cheap, effective, common sense solutions is what leftists do – it helps them force people into stupid solutions and thus favors the cronies.


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