When I did a stint at the SAMU in Paris I was told in all seriousness that
paracetamol is not a major OD drug in France and they were surprised by our
concern in the UK. The reason given was the traditional route of
administration - not easy to take a significant OD PR.
----- Original Message -----
From: "rmcglone" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, August 21, 2001 6:57 PM
Subject: Re: paracetamol
> I would be very interested in knowing more about the experience in France.
> Are you aware of any papers on the subject? Paradote- a combination drug
> available although on prescription in the UK. I agree it's about time
> was a change in the law in the UK. If another EU country has made it
> compulsory to add methionine, then I think we all need to use this as an
> example and apply pressure on our political masters to effect change!
> Ray McGlone
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Rowley Cottingham" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Tuesday, August 21, 2001 6:12 AM
> Subject: Re: paracetamol
> > > Probably a na´ve question, but one that has puzzled me for many
> > > why
> > > do we not have IV preparations of paracetamol (or more accurately its
> > > pro-drug propacetamol) in the UK?
> > 1. What use is it?
> > 2. More importantly, why do we have such a hidebound system in the UK
> it is illegal
> > (yes, against the law) to sell paracetamol combined with methionine?
> combination has
> > hugely reduced the incidence of paracetamol poisoning in France.
> > Best wishes,
> > Rowley Cottingham
> > [log in to unmask]
> > http://www.emergencyunit.com