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Federal Judge Says Motrin Stevens-Johnson Syndrome Lawsuit Can Proceed


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The lawsuit alleges that Johnson & Johnson failed to adequately warn consumers of potential risks.

A product liability lawsuit involving Children’s Motrin will be allowed to proceed, according to a federal judge.

The lawsuit was filed in 2010 by two parents who claim their children were diagnosed with Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN) after taking Children’s Motrin. The plaintiffs say that McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, failed to properly warn consumers of the potential for developing an SJS or TEN reaction.

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome is a serious condition in which the skin cells die, causing the patient’s skin to take on a burned appearance and in some cases, peel off. Toxic epidermal necrolysis is a similar condition in which the skin’s top layer sloughs off. Both conditions are believed to be caused by an adverse allergic reaction to ibuprofen and other medications and both conditions have the potential to be fatal if left untreated.

Patients who suffer from SJS or TEN often require long-term hospitalization in order to recover and those who survive may face organ damage, blindness or permanent disfigurement.

McNeil had previously filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, claiming that the risk of developing SJS or TEN was so rare that additional warnings were not necessary. U.S. Magistrate Judge Maria Valdez denied the motion, saying McNeil’s argument was not a sufficient defense.

The drug maker was ordered to pay $48 million last year to a man who was diagnosed with SJS after taking Motrin as a teenager. In another case, a Philadelphia jury awarded $10 million to the family of a girl who had been blinded in one eye and suffered extensive burns after taking Children’s Motrin. The jury in that case ruled that Johnson & Johnson acted negligently in failing to provide adequate warning labels informing consumers of the potential risk for an SJS or TEN reaction.

If you or someone you love developed Stevens-Johnson Syndrome or toxic epidermal necrolysis after taking Motrin or another over-the-counter drug, you need to understand your legal rights. The experienced SJS attorneys at Nadrich & Cohen, LLP are currently investigating claims from patients in all 50 states and we want to hear from you.

Call our Injury Hotline today at 1-800-722-0765 to begin your no-cost, no-obligation initial case evaluation. All cases are accepted on a contingency basis, meaning there is never a fee unless we recover a judgment on your behalf. Call now to get the experienced legal representation you need to prove your Stevens-Johnson Syndrome injury claim.

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