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Laffoy, Marie and Byrne, G and Scallan, E (2001) Paracetamol availability and overdose in Ireland. Irish Medical Journal , 94 , (7) , pp. 212-214.

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New regulations for the control of paracetamol come into force in October 2001. These are greatly welcomed and should lead to a reduction in paracetamol poisoning. Existing conditions for the sale and supply of paracetamol (Irish Medicines Board (IMB), 1997), which have no statutory basis, state that non-pharmacy outlets should only sell emergency supplies of paracetamol in a maximum pack size of 12 tablets; just one pack should be sold on each occasion2. This study found that non-pharmacy outlets do not comply with these IMB conditions. Paracetamol poisoning remains the most common form of overdose requiring hospital admission in Ireland. Admissions increased by 29% between 1993 and 1999. The new regulations will give effect to the IMB conditions.

Item Type:Article
Page Range:pp. 212-214
Publisher:Irish Medical Organisation
Accession Number:HRB 4279 (Electronic Only)
Subjects:J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health related prevention > Health information and education > Suicide prevention
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland
G Health and disease > Substance use disorder > Drug use > Drug intoxication > Poisoning (overdose)
P Demography, epidemiology, and history > Population dynamics > Substance related mortality / death
E Concepts in biomedical areas > Substance by legal status > Prescription drug (medicine / medication)

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