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Girl sues after alleged Motrin reaction

June 17, 2008 8:40:03 AM PDT
Opening statements are expected to begin Tuesday in Malibu in a civil trial involving children's Motrin.Sabrina Brierton, 11, and her parents are suing Johnson and Johnson, claiming the girl had an allergic reaction to Motrin that could have been prevented if there had been a warning label.

According to the lawsuit, the girl suffered serious injuries back in 2003, including leaving her blind.

A spokesman for McNeil Consumer Healthcare released the following statement:

McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a division of McNeil-PPC, Inc., is aware of several reports in which Stevens-Johnson syndrome has been purportedly diagnosed and allegedly associated with the use of Children's Motrin (ibuprofen). As a policy we do not comment on specific litigation. Generally speaking, Stevens-Johnson syndrome is a very rare condition. While the specific causes of the condition in any given instance are difficult to ascertain, it has been reported to be associated with a wide variety of medications and can also be caused by viral infections. As the makers of Children's Motrin products we are deeply concerned about all matters related to our products and have reviewed case reports, reviewed the scientific literature, reviewed the latest studies, and consulted with top experts in the field. Based on our investigation, we firmly believe that it is unlikely that ibuprofen can cause Stevens-Johnson syndrome. Children's-Motrin remains safe and effective when used as directed and we continue to believe that it is labeled appropriately.

 

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