Woman Developed Steven-Johnson Syndrome after Taking Children's Motrin
UPDATED: August 5, 2019
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Would you ever consider that an adult taking Children's Motrin could be severely and permanently injured? That's exactly what happened to one woman. She lost sight in one eye, more than have of her skin sloughed off and she was diagnosed with Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN) – a severe form of Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS). A jury found that Johnson & Johnson, the company who makes Motrin, was liable for her injuries – and awarded her $3.5 million.
Stevens-Johnson Syndrome Lawsuit Alleges Failure To Warn
The facts concerning this Stevens-Johnson Syndrome lawsuit are nearly too strange to believe, yet they are true – and likely describe others who suddenly developed SJS or TEN after taking medication they thought was harmless.
According to news reports, Karen Robinson woke up in the middle of the night with a headache. The only form of relief she had in her medicine cabinet was Children's Motrin made by a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. Like most us, Robinson thought nothing of taking a couple teaspoons of the common, over-the-counter NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) to relieve a simple headache. However, she now likely wishes that she had.
Only six months later, she was diagnosed with Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN), also known as Lyell's Syndrome – a severe form of Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) – in which a victims' top layer of skin detaches from lower layers. As a result, she had to undergo multiple operations on her throat and esophagus, lost sight in one eye and had half of the skin on her entire body slough off. She hired an experienced Stevens-Johnson Syndrome attorney and filed a lawsuit against the manufacturers.
SJS Lawsuit: Jury Awards $3.5M
A jury awarded her $3.5 million in damages for the drug company's failure to warn about the possible side effects and risks of taking the drug – which many Stevens-Johnson Syndrome attorneys say the company knew about many years beforehand. In fact, only a short while after Robinson sustained her injuries, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) required the manufacturer to include a warning about those Stevens Johnson Syndrome side effects and risks. The FDA has now linked SJS to the following non-prescription and prescription drugs:
- Advil Allergy Sinus Tablets
- Advil Cold & Sinus Tablets
- Advil Liquid-Gels
- Advil Migraine Capsules
- Children's Motrin Chewable Tablets
- Children’s Advil
- Motrin Cold & Sinus Tablets
- Motrin IB Tablets
- Motrin Infants' Drops
- Motrin Junior Strength Chewable Tablets
- Tolectin tablets and capsules
SJS Lawsuit / TEN Lawsuit: Remedies Are Available
If you've developed Stevens-Johnson Syndrome or Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis, contact an experienced Stevens-Johnson Syndrome attorney to discuss your situation. SJS and TEN are painful, debilitating and potentially fatal diseases that many drug companies knew were possible side effects of taking their products, but failed to provide adequate warning. You may be entitled to damages such as lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering and more.