The nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID) Advil has been linked to Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS), a potentially fatal allergic reaction characterized by severe rash, peeling skin and open sores.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was diagnosed with Stevens-Johnson syndrome after taking Advil, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.
FDA Warning on Ibuprofen
In May 2006, FDA required manufacturers of Advil and other ibuprofen medications to update their products’ labeling with a warning about Stevens-Johnson syndrome (PDF). The following drugs had either a new SJS warning or strengthened verbiage added to a previous warning:
- Advil Allergy Sinus Tablets (200 mg ibuprofen / 30 mg pseudoephedrine HCI / 2 mg chlorpheniramine maleate)
- Advil Cold & Sinus Tablets (200 mg ibuprofen / 30 mg pseudoephedrine HCI)
- Advil Liqui-Gels (200 mg ibuprofen capsules)
- Advil Migraine Capsules (200 mg ibuprofen)
- Tolectin 600 Tablets (Tometin Sodium)
- Tolectin DS Capsules (Tometin Sodium)
- Children’s Motrin Chewable Tablets (50 mg ibuprofen)
- Motrin Junior Strength Chewable Tablets (100 mg ibuprofen)
- Motrin Cold & Sinus Tablets (200 mg ibuprofen / 30 mg pseudoephedrine HCI)
- Motrin IB Tablets (200 mg ibuprofen)
- Motrin Infants’ Drops (50 mg / 1.25 mL ibuprofen oral suspension)
What are the Symptoms of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome?
SJS symptoms typically begin with a fever, sore throat and headache that can progress into skin lesions, blisters and respiratory infection. The illness affects mucous membranes in the mouth and throat which can lead to swelling of the eyelids, internal organ damage, blindness and even death (5-15% of cases) if left untreated. Recognizing early symptoms of Stevens-Johnson syndrome and providing timely medical care are the most valuable tools to minimize complications of the disorder.
Even after Stevens-Johnson syndrome resolves, there can be long-lasting health complications. The loss of skin can cause infections, sepsis, permanent scars and discoloration of affected areas. Eye complications can leave scarring or other damage that can render the patient blind. Severe cases of SJS can even lead to death.
Are Lawsuits Being Filed?
Our lawyers are currently reviewing potential Advil Stevens-Johnson syndrome lawsuits against manufacturers for failure to warn. Many drugs including generics continue to have inadequate warnings on their product labeling. Even if a drug has a black-box warning, our attorneys may consider filing a medical malpractice lawsuit.
New Drug Safety Testing Paradigm
In June 2011, the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) published a report indicating that the FDA had established a new safety-reporting paradigm for products being researched under investigational new drug (IND) applications. The announcement marked a first step in a series the agency pledged to take to ensure the safety of human subjects and improve trial performance by streamlining the regulatory process.
With regards to Stevens-Johnson syndrome, the researchers noted that not only is the condition unexpected and serious, it has been repeatedly linked to drug exposure. A report of SJS would be informative about the safety of new medications being studied, and could have important effects on patient monitoring and care.
Do I Have an Advil Stevens-Johnson Syndrome Lawsuit?
The Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Advil lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Stevens-Johnson syndrome cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you developed SJS after taking Advil, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.