A Philadelphia jury is deliberating a high-profile case filed against Johnson & Johnson on behalf of a girl who suffered from the severe skin disease Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) after taking Children’s Motrin. The lawsuit alleges that the company failed to take adequate steps to warn consumers that their product could cause SJS, a rare and potentially lethal skin reaction. An epidemic of similar cases have prompted a large number of consumers and medical professionals to call for stricter warnings and tighter regulations on Children’s Motrin and Tylenol products.
Free Children’s Motrin / Tylenol Case Evaluation: If your child or other loved one has suffered from Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) or other serious side effect after taking Children’s Motrin or Tylenol, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.
What’s the problem?
May 19, 2011 – In what appears to be the latest high-profile lawsuit filed against Johnson & Johnson over defective drug products, a Philadelphia jury is now considering whether the troubled pharmaceutical giant should have done more to warn the public that Children’s Motrin could cause a life-threatening skin disease known as Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS).
The claim was filed on behalf of Brianna Maya, a girl who took Children’s Motrin in 2000 and subsequently developed SJS, leaving her blind in one eye and with burns over nearly 85% of her body. J&J attorneys have argued that Maya’s family failed to prove that Motrin was the cause of her skin reaction, and that the company has complied with all federal regulations concerning the drug since bringing it to the market two decades ago. Closing arguments in the case took place this week, and jury deliberations are currently underway.
Earlier this year, a California appeals court allowed a similar lawsuit to move forward with a claim for punitive damages against J&J after it was alleged that the company’s failure to warn the public about potential side effects constituted malice. According to the complaint, J&J misrepresented study results and hid the risks of SJS from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) when it was attempting to gain approval to sell Children’s Motrin over-the-counter.
Children’s Motrin & Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS)
Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) is a life-threatening skin condition in which cell death causes the epidermis to separate from the dermis. Another form of the disease is called Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN), which is characterized by the detachment of the top layer of skin from the lower layers of skin all over the body. Although many cases of SJS and TEN are unexplained and have no known cause, the majority of cases can be attributed to reactions to medications. Signs and symptoms of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome may include:
- face or stomach rash
- blisters around the eyes, mouth or vaginal areas
- layers of peeling skin
- burned skin
- severe infection
Preliminary treatment for these conditions involves the recognition and proper diagnosis of the disorder. Since SJS and TEN are often caused by a severe allergic reaction to a drug, it is important to identify drug treatments that have been initiated prior to the onset of the initial symptoms. Medications that are commonly associated with SJS and TEN should be discontinued immediately.
Do I have a Children’s Motrin / Tylenol Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Children’s Motrin / Children’s Tylenol lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Stevens-Johnson Syndrome cases in all 50 states.