Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Panadol Painkiller Causes Kidney Damage


Gulf News [United Arab Emirates]
21 April 2008

Panadol hoax does the rounds again this year

Dubai: A three-year old hoax involving Panadol Extra has reemerged, warning people against a batch of the popular painkiller via text messages.

The text message circulating in the UAE and elsewhere warns consumers "not to purchase Panadol Extra Batch No. 050292 ... if a person takes one capsule it will affect his kidney and damage it".

The warning can be traced to emails and text messages that surfaced in 2005 in Saudi Arabia, citing the same batch number. The health scare it generated prompted health authorities to conduct tests on the medicine, which was cleared as safe. [...]