FDA: Muscle, pain relievers may cause serious burns

Posted by Sarah Showard | Sep 24, 2012 | 0 Comments


If an over-the-counter muscle and joint pain reliever is causing more pain or skin damage, including swelling or blistering, stop using it and get medical help, cautions the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The agency has received dozens of complaints that serious skin injuries, ranging from first- to third-degree chemical burns, were allegedly caused by single- or combination-ingredient products with menthol, methyl salicylate or capsaicin. Some of the patients required hospitalization. The FDA warned that in many cases, the pain reliever was applied only once before burning began within 24 hours of application.

Affected products include Johnson & Johnson's Bengay, Sanofi's Icy Hot, Capzasin and Flexall, and Rohto's Mentholatum, according to Reuters. The FDA has received 43 burn cases over several years related to muscle and pain reliever products, a Reuters report said. Companies aren't required to have burn warnings on their labels.

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Sarah Showard graduated from the University of Maryland in 1985, Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English-Linguistics and a Certification in Women's Studies. She then graduated from New York University School of Law in 1988. Sarah began practice initially as an insurance defense attorney, and has been representing plaintiffs since 1990. Sarah has a son, Benjamin, who recently graduated from The Gregory School and will attend ASU in the fall, with future plans to attend law school and eventually join Showard Law Firm. In her spare time Sarah enjoys horseback riding and spending time in Sonoita with her husband Peter.


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