Do people know how toxic NZ's top selling pain killer can be?
Paracetamol is New Zealand's top selling pain killer as well as the number one drug which people seek advice about on the national poisons hotline. Clinicians on both sides of the Tasman say more awareness is needed about its potential toxicity. New guidelines for the management of paracetamol poisoning in Australia and New Zealand have just been published. Medical Toxicologist John Fountain is one of those who worked on the guidelines.