Stevens-Johnson Syndrome

Teen suffers bout of Stevens-Johnson syndrome

A report in the Omaha World-Herald News describes the ordeal of a local high school basketball player who suffered through a life-threatening bout of a skin condition called Stevens-Johnson syndrome.

According to the story, the problems started after the 17-year-old was given Zithromax to treat a sinus infection.

Stevens-Johnson syndrome occurs when the skin and mucous membranes react severely to a medication or infection. It can cause the top layer of ...

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Supreme Court considers generic drugs lawsuit

The U.S. Supreme Court is considering a case that may determine the extent to which manufacturers of generic drugs are liable for injuries their medications cause.

According to a report in the Chicago Tribune, the case stems from the $21 million that a jury awarded to a woman who suffered from a severe form of Stevens Johnson Syndrome after taking a generic anti-inflammatory drug called Sulindac.

Stevens Johnson syndrome, which can cause the ...

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Stevens-Johnson syndrome case of interest to industry

The New York Times says pharmaceutical companies and federal regulators are closely watching a Supreme Court case involving a woman previously awarded $21 million after suffering through a bout of Stevens Johnson Syndrome.

The case hinges on the question of whether manufacturers of generic medications can be held responsible for side effects that their drugs cause.

According to the New York Times, the plaintiff at the center of the case took an anti-inflammatory ...

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Stevens-Johnson syndrome victim awarded $109 million in Massachusetts

The Boston Globe reports that health care giant Johnson & Johnson must pay a Massachusetts teenager and her parents $109 million over claims that the pain reliever Motrin triggered a life-threatening bout of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, a court ruled.

Stevens Johnson syndrome, which can cause the top layer of skin to shed and die, is usually an allergic reaction in response to medication, infection or illness.

The story says Samantha Reckis was 7 when her parents began giving her Motrin brand ibuprofen to ...

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$10 million Stevens Johnson syndrome verdict upheld

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro has upheld a $10 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson, according to the Legal Intelligencer.

Plaintiff Brianna M was 13 in 2011 when a jury awarded the $10 million in compensatory damages for injuries she suffered 10 years earlier.

When M was 3, she had a fever and was given doses of Johnson & Johnson’s Children’s Motrin, in alternation with over-the-counter Children’s Tylenol.

As a result, she suffered a serious skin condition known ...

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Take precautions against recurrence of Stevens-Johnson syndrome

If you’ve suffered a bout of Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a condition that can cause the top layer of skin to shed and die, the Mayo Clinic recommends that you take steps to make sure it doesn’t recur.

Stevens-Johnson syndrome is usually an allergic reaction in response to medication, infection and illness, which can be extremely painful and cause long-term, debilitating effects.

But even more worrying, according to the Mayo Clinic, is that a recurrence is usually more severe than the first episode and ...

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