Bid to make slow-release paracetamol prescription only

Experts’ call follows suspected link to teen overdoses

A spate of teenage overdoses has triggered calls by poison experts for modified-release paracetamol to be made prescription-only.


The Queensland Poisons Information Centre claims that 665mg modified-release paracetamol in pack sizes of 96 tablets is placing patients at unacceptable risk.

It has revealed it received 46 calls about modified-release paracetamol in 2017/18 compared with eight in 2009/10.

Almost one-third of these were about teenagers, mostly female, deliberately self-harming.

This included a cluster of