Motrin is a painkiller that is associated with Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS), a rare but devastating skin rash that can be deadly. Juries have awarded millions to children who were injured.
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Jury Awards $63 Million in Motrin SJS Lawsuit
In February 2013, a jury in Massachusetts awarded $63 million to the family of Samantha Reckis, a girl who was blinded and nearly died of SJS after being given Children’s Motrin in 2003. She was 7 years old.
California Jury Awards $48 Million in Motrin SJS Lawsuit
In September 2011, a jury in Los Angeles awarded $48 million to a man named Christopher Trejo who suffered SJS after taking Motrin when he was a teenager in 2005. He continues to suffer vision loss.
$10 Million Awarded in Motrin SJS Lawsuit
In June 2011, a jury in Philadelphia awarded $10 million to the family of Brianna Maya, a 3 year-old girl who developed SJS after being given Children’s Motrin in 2000. She was blinded in one eye and developed a rash over 84% of her body.
What is Stevens-Johnson Syndrome?
Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) is a severe allergic reaction that causes a skin rash. It can also affect mucous membranes in the eyes, mouth, nose, throat, intestines, genitals, or lungs. Symptoms begin with a flu-like illness and a painful rash. The rash spreads rapidly (within hours or days), blisters develop, and the top layer of skin (epidermis) dies and peels off the body. Mild cases of SJS that are caused by infections rather than medications are also known as erythema multiforme.
Motrin and Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS)
Motrin is a painkiller that contains ibuprofen, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). This class of drugs has been on the market for decades. Evidence linking ibuprofen and SJS dates back to the 1980s. Younger patients are especially vulnerable.
FDA Orders Stronger Warnings
In 2005, the FDA ordered manufacturers of ibuprofen painkillers to update warning labels to include an “allergy alert” and “descriptions of early symptoms associated with Stevens-Johnson syndrome.”
Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis
SJS involves a skin rash on 10% of the body or less. When the rash covers at least 30% of the skin, SJS is called Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN). Approximately one-third of cases of TEN are deadly. Another name for TEN is Lyell’s syndrome, after Dr. Alan Lyell, a doctor who described TEN for the first time in the 1950s.
Complications of SJS
SJS causes death in around 5-15% of cases. Many people develop severe complications, such as:
- Dehydration and malnutrition
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Vision loss or blindness
- Organ damage
- Intestinal problems
- Multi-organ system failure
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