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Jury Awards $10 Million to Family of Girl Injured by Children's Motrin

According to Bloomberg news, a Pennsylvania jury has ordered a Johnson & Johnson unit to pay $10 million in damages to the family of a girl who developed Stevens-Johnson Syndrome after taking Children's Motrin. 

Brianna Maya took Motrin in 2000 when she was 3 1/2 years old to treat a fever and cough.  She then suffered burns over 84 percent of her body and was left blind in one eye.  These injuries are linked to Stevens-Johnson Syndrome. 

In 2000, when Brianna took Children's Motrin, J&J's McNeil Consumer Products did not warn that Children's Motrin could trigger Stevens-Johnson Syndrome.  Later, the company added a warning that ibuprofen, the pain reliever's active ingredient, could cause a severe allergic reaction which could include rashes and blisters. 

The girl's family sought more than $5 million in damages to cover medical bills and other expenses. 

The jury found that J&J was negligent for not providing a proper warning about the risks of Children's Motrin.  The jury refused to award punitive damages against J&J. 

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