Poisoning cases spark call for better paracetamol labels

An increase in the number of Australian children hospitalised for paracetamol poisoning has led health experts to call for better dosage labelling.

The number of cases increased from 111 in 2012-13 to 143 in 2013-14, according to latest Australian Institute of Health Welfare data.

University of Adelaide researcher and specialist pharmacist (women and children)  Dr Luke Grzeskowiak says unintentional poisoning can be prevented by educating parents, improving labelling on children's paracetamol and reducing the number of strengths that were available, according to a report in local newspaper The Advertiser.

“There’s no single solution to improving the situation,” says Deon Schoombie, CEO of the Australian Self Medication Industry.

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