Fast Forward - 9 October 2012
QUETIAPINE has caught up to paracetamol as the drug most used by patients admitted to a NSW hospital taking a single agent to overdose – an indication of the changing patterns of overdose.
Just 10 years ago a NSW coroner was calling for paracetamol sales to be restricted to pharmacies following the death of a 13-year-old boy.
Since then the only legislative change to occur in Australia is a reduction in pack sizes of paracetamol sold in shops other than pharmacies to 24 x 500mg tablets.
But this has not led