McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a subsidiary of pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson has been facing numerous lawsuits as studies link it to increased risk of severe allergies such as Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS), and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis.

There are many lawsuits filed against McNeil alleging that use of Motrin has led to development of Steven Johnson Syndrome. This lawsuit blamed McNeil that it failed to provide enough information to consumers regarding increased risk of life threatening skin diseases with use of Motrin. The pharmaceutical company has gone through another setback as jury ruled against it in another Motrin lawsuit.

Motrin is used to treat fever and reduction of pain. It belongs to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) group of drugs. Motrin has ibuprofen as main active ingredient. It is responsible for reducing the level of hormone, responsible for pain and inflammation. Motrin is used to treat pains such as back pain, headache, toothache, pain occurring due to arthritis, cramps occurring with menstruation and pain due to slight injury. It is also used to treat fever, common cold and flu and pains occurring due to them. It has been linked to many severe side effects such as heart failure, skin allergies, swelling and other fatal side effects.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of 9-year-old Kiley Wolfe. She was given Children’s Motrin in 1996 for treatment of fever and headache. Due to the severe side effects of the drug she developed Stevens Johnson syndrome and Vanishing Bile Duct Syndrome. Ultimately she suffered from liver failure and she has to undergo a liver transplant.

The lawsuit alleged that label on Children’s Motrin did not have adequate warning regarding the risk of developing these life threatening conditions. The lawsuit also blamed that Johnson and Johnson did not reported cases of adverse events in its clinical trial to FDA.

The federal judge ruled against Johnson & Johnson in the lawsuit. He held Johnson & Johnson liable for punitive damages if the company was guilty of failing to alert the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about two cases of Stevens Johnson syndrome. The trial cleared that the pharmaceutical company acknowledged two reports of SJS but did not included them in Clinical Study Report.

The judge determined left it to jury to decide on this matter. Later it was concluded that Johnson & Johnson intentionally hid the reports. The judge ruled against the pharmaceutical giant and held it responsible for the condition of the girl and concluded that it is liable to punitive damages.

Children’s Motrin has been linked to Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS), and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis, which are life threatening allergic reaction from Ibuprofen, the main active ingredient of Motrin. Stevens Johnson Syndrome normally starts with fever, sore throat, rash and headaches. But its symptoms worsen quickly and could lead to development of Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN). It could cause permanent blindness, photophobia, asthma and lung damage. Many patients need various surgeries to survive. They could suffer from inflammation of the mucous membranes inside the mouth, eyes, throat, genital tract and intestinal tract. This lead to suffering for whole life.