According to Natural News, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court upheld a lower court’s judgment that pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson should be required to pay $50 million to a girl who suffered a rare but devastating side effect from Children’s Motrin when she was seven years old. The judgment took more than a decade to be reached.
Samantha Reckis experienced toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN), which burned off 90 percent of her skin, destroyed 80 percent of her lung capacity and left her blind. Only luck and the efforts of her doctors prevented her from dying or suffering permanent brain damage.
Johnson & Johnson will also be required to pay $6.5 million to each of Reckis’ parents. On top of that, the company will owe interest on all three payments, bringing the total owed to more than $109 million.
TEN is a severe form of Stevens-Johnson syndrome, which occurs most commonly as a side effect of drugs including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs, which includes ibuprofen/Motrin), penicillin, anticonvulsants and anti-gout drugs.
Reckis’s case was triggered in 2003, when her father gave her two doses of Children’s Motrin for a fever and sinus congestion. The next morning, her symptoms were no better, and she had also developed a rash and a sore throat. Her father gave her more Motrin and took her to a pediatrician, who told her parents to give her the SAME DRUG three times per day.
The next day, Reckis’s skin broke out in blisters and her lips began to bleed. She was taken to the hospital, diagnosed with TEN, and placed into a medically induced coma for a month.
Over the course of six months, Reckis’s skin sloughed off and she suffered liver failure, heart failure, a stroke and an aneurysm. Even after 12 eye surgeries, she is still legally blind. She weighs only 82 pounds and has been declared unable to give birth to children. Her lung capacity is still only 20 percent.
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Pain medications and drug reactions are two major culprits of bad health conditions, which can also turn out to be fatal at some point in time. The adverse effects of such medications are not unknown but still, according to Natural News, people are inclining more and more towards such medicines. These can give rise to some heath conditions like stroke, heart attack and even cancer. But still, just to get relief from excruciating pain, people end up taking the help of these medicines. Even when suggested by doctors, people are seemingly “sweeping under the rug” all the dreadful consequences these can lead to.
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