Source: Business Insider
Acetaminophen — one of the most common drug ingredients in the US found in over the counter painkillers like Tylenol, Midol, and Excedrin — might get a cancer warning in California . California has the most cancer labels of any US state because of Proposition 65 , a law that requires anything with even a loose link to cancer to be labeled by the state. A panel of scientists will decide in spring 2020 whether or not the substance will be considered a carcinogen by the state. No existing studies have firmly linked the chemical to cancer. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. Acetaminophen — a common ingredient used in over-the-counter painkillers like Tylenol, Excedrin, and Midol — might be given a cancer warning label in California, adding to the state’s growing list of 900 chemicals considered carcinogens. Also known as paracetamol, acetaminophen has been available without a prescription since the 1950s. It is usually used to treat migraines, muscle aches, and to reduce fevers. State officials have agreed to review the drug’s safety after a handful of studies found it may increase risks of certain types of cancer.