Patients with a diagnosis of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome who take any of the over-the-counter or prescription drugs associated with this serious medical condition.
Stevens-Johnson Syndrome is a serious medical condition that typically results from an adverse reaction to a prescription or over-the-counter drug. Several variations of SJS exist, including erythema multiforme major and toxic epidermal necrolysis.
Pfizer Pharmeceuticals, Wyeth and others.
Over-the-counter drugs that can cause Stevens-Johnson Syndrome typically relieve symptoms of the common cold and allergies in children and adults.
In 2006, the FDA required warning labels for Stevens-Johnson Syndrome on a variety of over-the-counter medications.
Caused by both prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (named after the two doctors, Stevens and Johnson, who discovered it in 1922) is a serious medical condition that can cause serious long term injury and death. It is caused by an adverse reaction to the drug and affects the skin and mucus membranes of the victim. Medical researchers speculate that there are several variations of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, including erythema multiforme major and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN), though some claim that they are both Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, though in different degrees.
While Stevens-Johnson Syndrome is linked to adverse reactions to medication, the exact cause is unclear. It seems to originate with damage to blood vessels in the skin, which go on to adversely affect tissue. Stevens-Johnson Syndrome is commonly linked to herpes simplex and mycoplasma infections. It is serious because the death of skin and mucus membrane tissues leads to other serious problems, including secondary infections and the sloughing of tissue in the lungs (leading to breathing problems and further injury to the lungs.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) did not require warning labels for Stevens-Johnson Syndrome until 2005, when the death and serious injury of several young children brought it considerable media attention. By 2006, due to petitions on the part of the family members of those killed by Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and medical professionals, the FDA began to require warning labels for Stevens-Johnson Syndrome on a variety of over-the counter medications, including:
Tolectin tablets and capsules
Bextra (Black Box Warning)
Advil Allergy Sinus Tablets
Advil Cold & Sinus Tablets
Advil Migraine Capsules
Children's Motrin Chewable Tablets
Motrin Junior Strength Chewable Tablets
Motrin Cold & Sinus Tablets
Motrin IB Tablets
Motrin Infants' Drops
Tometin Sodium ibuprofen
Chlorpheniramine maleate ibuprofen
Pseudoephedrine HCI ibuprofen capsules
Pseudoephedrine HCI ibuprofen
Ibuprofen oral suspension
If you or a loved one has suffered Stevens-Johnson Syndrome after taking one of these medications, you may be eligible to recover compensation.