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.