May 23, 2014 — Courthouse News reports that a woman from Nevada has filed an Alka-Seltzer lawsuit alleging that Bayer failed to adequately warn about the risk of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS), a life-threatening skin reaction.
The woman, Aqila Hall-Hood, says that Bayer intentionally concealed harmful ingredients in Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold & Cough Formula that can cause SJS.
One of these ingredients, acetaminophen, has been linked to over 100 cases of SJS and and 12 deaths, according to a Safety Communication published by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in August 2013.
Hall-Hood says she used Alka-Seltzer Plus on January 16, 2013 to treat cold and allergy symptoms. When she woke up on January 18, she says she had blisters in her mouth. That day, she flew to Lake Tahoe for the weekend. When her plane landed, she says she was feeling ill and decided to visit a doctor. She was diagnosed with SJS and flown back to Las Vegas, where she fell into a coma and was hospitalized for 31 days. When she awoke, 70% of her skin was missing.
Hall-Hood developed Toxic-Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN), a severe form of SJS. The rare but life-threatening condition occurs when the uppermost layer of skin detaches from lower layers, causing large sheets of skin to die and slough off the body. The condition is extremely painful and disfiguring. The disease initially causes flu-like symptoms and a purplish rash that spreads. Treatment can take weeks or even months.
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