Calls for tighter sales limits of paracetamol after student's overdose

Publish Date
Wed, 28 Oct 2020, 6:11PM
Medsafe is going to consider coronial recommendations about the sale of paracetamol following the death of a Dunedin student in 2017. Photo / File
Medsafe is going to consider coronial recommendations about the sale of paracetamol following the death of a Dunedin student in 2017. Photo / File

Calls for tighter sales limits of paracetamol after student's overdose

Publish Date
Wed, 28 Oct 2020, 6:11PM

The death of a Dunedin student from a paracetamol overdose has led to calls for limits on the sale of the painkiller in supermarkets.

New Zealanders can readily buy as much of the painkiller as they want in supermarkets.

But many European countries have introduced smaller pack sizes and prohibited sales of the painkiller outside pharmacies in a bid to save lives.

General Practitioners College medical director Dr Bryan Betty told Simon and Phil if you overdose on paracetamol and you don't get proper treatment within 24 hours - it's potentially lethal.