Paracetamol overdoses prompt more calls for restrictions

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Paracetamol overdoses are responsible for more than half of all acute liver failure cases in Australia, ICU doctors say, backing calls for a public health response.

The first multicentre ­Australasian study on the topic has found that 52% of admissions to liver transplant centres are attributed to paracetamol overdoses, whereas the rate in the only New Zealand centre is just 10%.