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acetaminophen

(əsēt'əmĭn`əfĭn), an analgesicanalgesic
, any of a diverse group of drugs used to relieve pain. Analgesic drugs include the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as the salicylates, acetaminophen, narcotic drugs such as morphine, and synthetic drugs with morphinelike action such as meperidine
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 and fever-reducing medicine. It is an active ingredient in many over-the-counter medicines, including Tylenol and Midol. Introduced in the early 1900s, acetaminophen is a coal tar derivative that acts by interfering with the synthesis of prostaglandinsprostaglandin
, any of a group of about a dozen compounds synthesized from fatty acids in mammals as well as in lower animals. Prostaglandins are highly potent substances that are not stored but are produced as needed by cell membranes in virtually every body tissue.
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 and other substances necessary for the transmission of pain impulses. Although its action is similar to that of aspirinaspirin,
acetyl derivative of salicylic acid (see salicylate) that is used to lower fever, relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and thin the blood. Common conditions treated with aspirin include headache, muscle and joint pain, and the inflammation caused by rheumatic fever and
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, it lacks aspirin's anti-inflammatory and blood-thinning effects, is less irritating to the stomach, and can be used by people who are allergic to aspirin. Heavy use, however, has been linked to an increased incidence of liver failure, especially in heavy drinkers of alcoholic beverages and in those who are not eating enough, and overdose, especially in children, can be fatal.

acetaminophen

[ə‚sēd·ə′mēn·ə·fən]
(organic chemistry)
C8H9O2N Large monoclinic prisms with a melting point of 169-170°C; soluble in organic solvents such as methanol and ethanol; used in the manufacture of azo dyes and photographic chemicals, and as an analgesic and antipyretic.
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Pediatrix, a private lab that screens approximately one-third of Maryland's newborns, reports an approximate cost of $10.25 per specimen, or $20.50 for both the initial and repeat screens (personal communication with William Slimak, Pediatrix Medical Group).
Consistent with its previous statements regarding earnings guidance, Pediatrix believes that EPS for the 2001 fourth quarter will be comparable to the results of the 2001 third quarter.
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The company said that the physicians joining as a result of both transactions will practice as part of MEDNAX's Pediatrix Medical Group, a national medical group consisting of neonatal, maternal-fetal medicine and pediatric cardiology physicians.
Freer (Pediatrix Screening, Inc., 90 Emerson Ln., Suite 1403, Bridgeville, PA 15017; fax 412-220-0784, e-mail Dennis Freer@pediatrix.com) Table 1.
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Anesthesiologists Associated PC, which provides anesthesia services in the Chattanooga, Tennessee metropolitan area, will become part of MEDNAX'sA American Anesthesiology division and Pediatric Surgical and Associates, which has operations in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and surrounding area in North Texas a[euro]" part of the buyer's Pediatrix Medical Group division.
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