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Johnson & Johnson To Pay $10 million Over Motrin Lawsuit

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The jury of a Philadelphia court deliberated for more than 10 hours before  deciding Johnson & Johnson is liable for the injuries suffered by Brianna Maya that left 84 percent of her body burned caused her to be blind in one eye, after taking  Children’s Motrin in 2000 for a fever and cough.

The lawsuit charged Johnson & Johnson’s McNeil Consumer Products division with failing to warn parents about the risk of serious allergic side effects suffered by a small percentage of the population. The reaction called Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, can cause blindness, burned skin and in Maya’s case, lung damage.

The jury found McNeil negligent for failing to warn parents of the potential risk of serious side effects of Children’s Motrin and that that failure was “a factual cause” of the injuries sustained by Maya.

The jury rejected claims of defective design and that punitive damages should be awarded because of the conduct of McNeil officials. The lawsuit had sought $5 million in damages to cover medical bills and expenses.

Johnson & Johnson has faced at least two other lawsuits regarding claims that Johnson & Johnson, a world leader in health products, hid links that connected the pain reliever medication to Stevens-Johnson Syndrome.  A warning was later added to the label alerting parents to the risk of allergic side effects.
 disclaimer: This article: Johnson & Johnson To Pay $10 million Over Motrin Lawsuit was posted on Monday, May 23rd, 2011 at 7:50 pm at and is filed under Defective Drug Lawsuits.

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