Issue: Adverse drug reactions
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Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN) are potentially fatal, severe allergic reactions that have been linked to Ibuprofen, the active in Motrin and Children’s Motrin. Symptoms of skin reaction to ibuprofen conditions that could lead to SJS or TEN include hives, a rash, facial swelling, and an inability to eat and drink. If an allergic reaction occurs, patients should immediately stop taking Motrin and seek medical assistance.
As SJS or TEN progresses patients can develop mucosal blisters or sores in the mouth, eyes, throat, or genitalia, open lesions, or raw sores, a progressively worsening body rash, blistering and detachment of skin, and an unexplained or persistent fever.
While many versions of pain reliever Motrin today warn of allergic reactions, patients who have developed SJS or TEN after taking Motrin have filed lawsuit charging that the warning labels were inadequate. The suits have alleged that the warnings fail to clearly and emphatically convey the full risk of, and specific instructions concerning, serious skin reactions like SJS and TEN.
In February 2013, a Massachusetts jury returned a $63 million verdict in favor of parents whose daughter at seven years old developed TEN, nearly died and suffered permanent, life-altering injuries after taking Children’s Motrin. The jury found Motrin manufacturer Johnson & Johnson liable for failing to adequately warn patients of the serious side effects with Children’s Motrin.
Legal Rights of Patients Injured by Over-the-Counter Drugs
The law in most states provides several personal injury claims for persons who have been seriously injured by an over-the-counter drug with dangerous, undisclosed side effects. These claims include strict liability for a defective product, breach of warranty, negligence, and misrepresentation. Persons living outside the U.S. who have been injured by a product manufactured in the U.S. may also in certain cases file lawsuits for compensation for injuries in U.S. courts.
Damages sought against manufacturers of an allegedly dangerous over-the-counter drug typically include:
- Physical pain and suffering, mental anguish and physical impairment;
- Medical expenses associated with the allegedly defective product; and
- Loss of earnings and/or earning capacity.
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