Healthcare consumers, like other buyers of services, must know their rights. Anyone who has ever been admitted to a hospital, or had a surgical procedure has been asked to sign Consent Forms. These forms are typically pre-printed, with very small font, and are chock-full of medical/legal jargon. It should be stressed to the wise health care consumer these documents should be read prior to signature. Usually the contemplated procedure or surgery is handwritten in by the health care provider.
On July 29, 2011, Johnson & Johnson announced it lowered the maximum recommended dosage of Tylenol and other products containing acetaminophen in an attempt to lower the risk of overdose and liver damage. More than 400 people die each year, and 42,000 are hospitalized from drugs that contain acetaminophen. In January 2011, the FDA announced limits on acetaminophen levels in prescription pain killers Vicodin and Percocet.