Drugmaker to Pay $63 Million in Motrin Lawsuit
A Massachusetts jury awarded $63 million to a teenager and her parents for injuries the girl suffered after using a children’s pain reliever made by Johnson & Johnson (J&J) when she was just seven years old.
The Associated Press (AP) reports that a Plymouth Superior Court jury asked J&J and its McNeil-PPC Inc. subsidiary to pay the girl and her parents a total of $109 million, including interest. The girl was given Motrin brand ibuprofen to reduce a fever and suffered an uncommon side effect, toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN), which caused her to lose 90 percent of her skin and blinded her.
Toxic epidermal necrolysis is a life-threatening skin disease characterized by a rash that ravages the skin’s the outer layer.
The McNeil unit of J&J rejected the verdict and is reportedly considering additional legal options. The company argued that the label on the painkiller clearly advises consumers to stop using the medicine and immediately contact a healthcare professional if they have an allergic reaction, reports AP.