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Emergency Medical Minute


Mar 20, 2019

Author: Dylan Luyten, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Recent randomized controlled trial compared intravenous to oral acetaminophen in emergency department patients
  • There was no difference in pain relief between the groups
  • While the actual acquisition cost of these drugs are not significant, the cost multipliers that are passed onto patients lead to real dollars
  • With the significant cost of IV acetaminophen, it may not be the best choice given the lack of superiority to other formulations


Furyk J, Levas D, Close B, Laspina K, Fitzpatrick M, Robinson K, Vangaveti VN, Ray R. Intravenous versus oral paracetamol for acute pain in adults in the emergency department setting: a prospective, double-blind, double-dummy, randomised controlled trial.Emerg Med J. 2018 Mar;35(3):179-184. doi: 10.1136/emermed-2017-206787. Epub 2017 Dec 15. PubMed PMID: 29247042.

Summarized by Will Dewsipelaere, MS3 | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD