California considers declaring common pain killer carcinogen California is considering whether to label one of the United States' most common drugs a carcinogenSACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A fight is coming to California over whether to list one of the world's most common over-the-counter drugs as a carcinogen, echoing recent high-profile battles over things like alcohol and coffee. The drug is acetaminophen, known outside the U.S. as paracetamol and used to treat pain and fevers. That drug, once a common treatment for headaches and other ailments, was banned by the FDA in 1983 because it caused cancer. The association urged California regulators to have a “cautious interpretation” of studies that show an increased risk of cancer. But instead of warning labels, the state directs the alcohol industry to provide signs to California retailers to post where alcohol is sold.
Source: ABC News January 21, 2020 14:29 UTC