Ibuprofen (Motrin/Advil): Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN)

How could something as simple as treating your child for a fever turn into a tragedy like Stevens Johnson Syndrome? Unfortunately if this has happened to you, you are not the only one asking this question.

childrens-motrinThe association of SJS and TEN with ibuprofen products such as Motrin and Advil has been reported in the medical literature since the 1970s. Despite this association manufacturers of ibuprofen products failed to warn the consumers of the risk of SJS or TEN. In addition to failing to warn the consumers they failed to warn physicians as well. Adding insult to injury, the drug companies beginning in 1995, began to sell their Ibuprofen products over the counter without any warnings, where they could access millions of consumers.

Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) and its more severe form called Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN) are life threatening skin disorders, which can result in blindness, organ dysfunction and death. SJS is a painful disease that can cause graphic skin loss of between 10% and 30% of total skin mass. TEN is recognized as an even worse form of SJS where more than 30% of the body’s skin mass is affected and as many as 35% so afflicted, die. With ibuprofen cases, not only did they fail to warn the consumers of the risk of SJS and TEN so that the consumer could make an informed choice between alternative medications, the drug companies failed to warn families of the simple signs and symptoms of SJS and TEN. These symptoms include rash, redness and blisters. Absent warning of these symptoms, families all too often continue to give their children the drug allowing for a simple skin problem to progress to a life altering condition such as SJS or TEN. Instead of placing a simple warning on their packaging, the drug companies chose profits over the safety of patients.
Drug: Ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin
Condition: Pain Relief
Complications: Skin rashes, blindness, organ dysfunction and possibly death.
If you or a loved one took an Ibuprofen product and have experienced any of these symptoms, Click HERE for a free evaluation of your case by the Law Offices of Brian D. Witzer.


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