Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) is the most severe form of the disease known as erythema multiforme and is sometimes called erythema multiforme major. Characterized by rash, skin lesions, and skin shedding, SJS can be extremely painful and disfiguring. It can also be fatal.

SJS Causes

Anyone can develop SJS. While the exact reason that particular people get SJS is unknown, the illness is usually brought on by an allergic reaction to medication. Various drug types have been linked to SJS, including antibiotics, anticonvulsants, pain relievers, and anti-inflammatory medicines. Specific brand name drugs have recently been associated with SJS as well. This awareness has prompted doctors, lawyers, and others to reevaluate whether many popular prescription and over-the-counter drugs are safe.

Specific brand name drugs associated with SJS include:

  • Bextra
  • Celebrex
  • Dilantin
  • Zevalin
  • Provigil
  • Motrin

SJS Lawsuits

To date, many SJS victims and their families have filed lawsuits against drug manufacturers whose medications have been linked to SJS. One lawsuit, which was filed in 2005 by a 7 year old girl and her family, alleges that US pharmaceutical giant Johnson and Johnson failed to warn of a possible allergic reaction to children’s Motrin that left the little girl blind.

According to another SJS lawsuit, one child died twenty months after taking children’s Motrin. The injured child’s family filed a  wrongful death lawsuit alleging that Motrin’s makers knew the product could cause the rare and sometimes deadly allergic reactions called Stevens Johnson Syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis (another form of SJS), and that they failed to warn consumers.

Both lawsuits are seeking monetary damages, but also want the drug maker to take children’s Motrin off the market until it carries a warning about SJS and its symptoms. Although SJS warnings are currently required on prescription-strength ibuprofen and other prescription drugs that can cause the same reactions, the FDA has not yet required the makers of ibuprofen to include the life-threatening disease or its symptoms on non-prescription labels.

As awareness about the connection between SJS and certain medications continues to grow, the number of SJS lawsuits is expected to rise. Both people directly affected by SJS and relatives of people who have died from SJS should contact our lawyers as they may be eligible to file a lawsuit.

Your SJS Lawsuit

By seeking assistance from our experienced SJS lawyers, an SJS victim can quickly determine whether they have grounds for a Stevens Johnson Syndrome lawsuit. Moreover, our lawyers can inform victims of their legal rights and options, as well as their chances at succeeding in a lawsuit. So far, lawyers have already helped several SJS victims and their families file lawsuits and obtain settlements to compensate them for their losses.

SJS victims and their families may be eligible to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for their injuries. Contact us today to learn more about SJS lawsuits.

Published November 17, 2011 by