In May, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court upheld an award made to a young girl who alleged she suffered serious, permanent injury after taking Children’s Motrin when she was only seven years old. According to her lawsuit, Samantha Reckis suffered permanent organ damage, liver and heart failure, seizures and a stroke because of an allergic reaction to the medication. The jury awarded Reckis $50 million, and gave each of her parents $6.5 million.
Although Johnson & Johnson, maker of Children’s Motrin, appealed the award, the Supreme Judicial Court ultimately agreed with the lower court’s award and upheld it.
Now, a lawsuit has reportedly been filed against Pfizer for allegedly failing to warn that Advil was linked to SJS and its more serious form, Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis. According to court documents, the plaintiffs are parents of a minor, who suffered “catastrophic, permanent and irreparable injuries as a result of horrific diseases that caused the skin to slough and melt off the body of A.L., a minor child, resembling second and third degree burns, and diagnosed as Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis.”
The lawsuit alleges A.L. lost approximately 80 percent of her skin, scarring of her vaginal and cervical area, permanent gynecological damage, potential sterilization, permanent disfigurement, and significant pulmonary and eye damage. Throughout her ordeal, she incurred enormous medical bills and will reportedly require further medical testing and monitoring.
A.L.’s family alleges Wyeth, which was bought by Pfizer in 2009, knew back in 1995 that Advil had been linked to cases of Stevens Johnson Syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis in pediatric studies.
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A.L. and her family claim Wyeth knew there were cases of SJS/TEN in Advil trials but told the FDA and consumers there were no such cases linked to Advil. Pfizer has said there is no evidence to support claims that Advil is linked to Stevens Johnson Syndrome, but the plaintiffs allege in their lawsuit that Wyeth “admitted a plausible causal relationship between SJS and ibuprofen” in 2003, following which the French government requested a warning change to the Advil label.
The lawsuit is Lynch et al v. Pfizer, et al, case number 154647/2015 in the Supreme Court of the State of New York for the County of New York.