Syringe poses Panadol overdose risk

The TGA yesterday issued a safety alert about the Children’s Panadol Colourfree Suspension 1–5 Years product which allows the analgesic to be dispensed through a measuring syringe.

While most syringes measure to the tip of the plunger, the GlaxoSmithKline syringe should be measured from where the plunger meets the barrel – a difference which may result in an extra 1.26ml of the medicine being given to the child, equivalent to an extra 30mg of paracetamol per dose.

“With the