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Medill claimes that "Even more than concerns about addiction, experts question the effect of opiod[sic]/acetaminophen compounds - commonly found in painkillers - on the liver." The article reports that "some doctors" thus "have mixed feelings about the possible ban;" Dr.

David Perry, director of the Pharmacology Graduate Program at George Washington University warns that "the presence of acetaminophen is toxic in high doses." However, Perry also cautions readers that "anything could be toxic" including Vitamin C and "even so-called natural products." Doctors' largest worry, however, appears to relate to the lack of alternatives available for treating pain.

The Chronicle feature provides a more detailed account of the case's history - particularly where Reynolds' and Treadway's involvements are concerned.

Many of the legal documents - including Treadway's Reynolds-aimed subpoena, Reynolds' initial motion to quash the grand jury subpoenas, and the ACLU's amended motion to quash them - are also available for public online viewing. Brinkema was a setback for federal prosecutors, who were seeking a life sentence for William E. Hurwitz, 61, a former pain specialist based in Mc Lean, was a key target of a far-reaching investigation into doctors, pharmacists and patients suspected of selling potent and addictive painkillers. District Court in Alexandria convicted Hurwitz on 16 counts of drug trafficking in April.

The second jury found Hurwitz guilty on 16 counts and acquitted him on 17 trafficking counts, and Brinkema dismissed the remaining 12 counts.

Brinkema's sentence was much lower partly because several of the dismissed charges would have brought Hurwitz a minimum prison term of 20 years.

Jurors acquitted him of nine counts and deadlocked on three.

Before the second jury got the case in April, Brinkema dismissed the counts involving the patient who died and the two who were seriously injured.

When she first took the case, Brinkema said she thought the dosages that Hurwitz prescribed were 'absolutely crazy.' But she said defense witnesses turned her around.

' An increasing body of respectable medical literature and expertise supports those types of high-dosage, opioid medications,' the judge said." The Post noted that "The first jury convicted Hurwitz on 50 counts, including trafficking that caused the death of one patient and seriously injured two others.

Additionally, "On June 30, another FDA advisory panel recommended reducing a single adult dose of any acetaminophen from 1,000 milligrams to 650 milligrams - and making Tylenol available by prescription only." The recommendations resulted both from the panel's concerns about the prescription pain relievers' addictive properties as well as the effect of one of their active ingredients, acetaminophen, on users livers.