Motrin, which is manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, is the brand-name of a medication known as ibuprofen, which is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). NSAIDs are used to treat pain, redness, swelling, and inflammation from medical conditions such as different types of arthritis, menstrual cramps, and other types of short-term pain.
NSAIDs may increase the chance of a heart attack or stroke that can lead to death and can cause ulcers and bleeding in the stomach and intestines at any time during treatment. Some of the other known serious possible side effects of using NSAIDs include high blood pressure, heart failure from fluid retention, kidney problems including kidney failure, anemia, life-threatening skin reactions, life-threatening allergic reactions, liver problems including liver failure, and asthma attacks in people who have asthma.
One Child’s Tragic Experience With Children’s Motrin
On February 13, 2013, after a five-week trial, a Massachusetts jury decided that Johnson & Johnson and its McNeil-PPC Inc. subsidiary should pay a now 16-year-old girl $50 million and each of her parents $6.5 million for the very serious injuries suffered by the girl after she took Children’s Motrin when she was 7 years old.
The girl’s ordeal began the day after Thanksgiving in 2003 when her parents gave her Children’s Motrin, a drug they had given her in the past without any issues, to reduce her fever. However, the Children’s Motrin on this occasion caused her to suffer toxic epidermal necrolysis, a potentially fatal skin disease that inflames the mucus membranes and eyes and is marked by a rash that burns off the outer layer of skin, which resulted in the girl losing 90% of her skin. The girl’s throat, mouth, eyes, esophagus, intestinal tract, respiratory system, and reproductive system became inflamed, forcing her physicians to place her in a medically-induced coma. At one point in her treatment, a hole was drilled into her skull to relieve pressure. Her permanent injuries include blindness, reduction in her lung capacity to 20%, short-term memory loss, and brain damage.
The family’s lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson and McNeil-PPC Inc. was filed in January 2007, alleging that the defendants failed to warn consumers that the drug could cause life-threatening reactions.
In response to the jury’s verdict in favor of the girl and her parents, McNeil-PPC Inc., which disagreed with the verdict, issued a statement saying that Children’s Motrin is ‘‘labeled appropriately’’ and is ‘‘a safe and effective treatment option for minor aches and pains and fever’’ when used as directed. The statement also noted that ‘‘A number of medicines, including ibuprofen, have been associated with allergic reactions and as noted on the label, consumers should stop using medications and immediately contact a healthcare professional if they have an allergic reaction.’’
In another lawsuit involving Children’s Motrin, a girl in Pennsylvania was awarded $10 million in 2011 after an adverse reaction to Children’s Motrin caused her to become blind, to lose 84% of her skin, and to suffer brain damage.
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