If you have a pulse, you are familiar with Johnson & Johnson’s pain reliever, Tylenol. I’ll bet you anything if Tylenol was a person, it would be one of the 20 most recognizable people in the world. I project Tylenol just above Lady Gaga and just below Bill Clinton.
Johnson & Johnson’s legendary marketing machine has done an amazing job of promoting the brand, and developed several different versions of Tylenol, including liquids, solids, extra strength, and children’s varieties. Most of us have blithely thrown back Tylenol to overcome serious and not so serious pain.
No one is calling for a Tylenol recall. Used properly by an educated public, it is a great product. The question is whether Tylenol has soft pedaled the risk of liver injury.
With social media and everything else in the era, we hear so many statistics spouted out that no one is every paying attention anymore to the ones that really matter. So here’s the question: how many people went to the hospital last year with a Tylenol overdose, and how many people died from a Tylenol overdose? Think about it a second and actually make a good faith guess. The answer is after the jump. Continue reading