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March 26, 2013 / Steven Soliman

Children’s Motrin Blinds Young Child

For the second time in recent months, another seven-year old girl has become the victim of Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS), a potentially life-threatening disease which can be caused by certain prescription and over-the-counter medications such as Children’s Motrin. The disease causes skin to blister, the destruction of the immune system and, as in 7 year-old Sabrina Johnson’s case, blindness.

Sabrina’s parents gave her the Children’s Motrin to treat her fever, but instead of getting better, her parents noted that Sabrina was getting sicker. Finally, her eyes became so sensitive to light that she was forced to sit inside of her dark closet, with her eyes closed and a hat and sunglasses covering her face, but even that did not relieve the brightness she was seeing.

Sabrina’s parents  brought suit against Children’s  Motrin naming McNeil and its parent company, Johnson & Johnson, as defendants. The lawsuit alleges there was no disclosure of the  serious side effect risks on the Children’s Motrin label contained on each medication’s packaging.

Unfortunately, this is not the first time a child has been blinded by the over-the-counter medication. Nearly ten years ago, 7 year-old Samantha Reckis suffered an adverse reaction, later determined to be a rare toxic epidermal necrolysis, which blinded her and caused the majority of her skin to come off. In February of 2013, the family was awarded $109 million by a jury, though the award was later reduced to $63 million.

If you or someone you know has been injured by a pharmaceutical drug, please contact Khorrami, LLP for a confidential consultation.


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