Paracetamol dosing errors causing kids’ liver failure

Medication errors with paracetamol are the leading cause of liver failure in Australian children, and clinicians have been warned against recommending the drug for acute paediatric viral illness.

A review of 54 recent paediatric acute liver failure cases found that paracetamol overdose was implicated in 14 cases, with three children requiring liver transplants and two dying, according to liver specialists at the Royal Children's Hospital, Brisbane.

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