$10M Awarded After Child Got Skin Burns On 85% Of Body After Taking Motrin

A jury has awarded the family of a child $10 million after she developed skin burns on 85% of her body after taking Children’s Motrin.

The suit says an adverse reaction from the medicine caused the girl to develop Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, a condition in which the outer layer of skin dies and separates from the inner layers of skin, and that the manufacturer, Johnson and Johnson and its subsidiary, McNeil, failed to adequately disclose this potential side effect on the over the counter package, even though it does on the prescription version package.

In their defense,J&J argued that the labeling was adequate and the condition is “extremely rare.” They are planning to explore other legal options in reaction to the ruling.

Maya v. Johnson & Johnson [Westlaw]