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 Children's Panadol syringe, the liquid continues past the tip of the plunger and therefore