PHILADELPHIA - (Mealey's) A Pennsylvania state court jury on May 20 awarded $10 million in compensatory damages to a 13-year-old girl who claims that she suffered extensive burns and was blinded in one eye by Children's Motrin when she was 3-1/2, a source told Mealey Publications (Alicia E. Maya, et al. v. Johnson & Johnson, et al., No. 090202879, Pa. Comm. Pls., Philadelphia Co.).
In 2000, Brianna Maya of Tennessee was given Children's Motrin for a cough and fever. She developed a rash, skin lesions, an eye infection and lung damage and was diagnosed with Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS), a skin reaction that produces burn-like injuries.
Brianna suffered burns over 84 percent of her body and lost sight in one eye.
In 2009, Brianna's mother, Alicia, sued Johnson & Johnson and subsidiary Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. in the Philadelphia County Common Pleas Court. She sought compensatory and punitive damages.
At trial, Maya alleged that the defendants knew about the risk of SJS but failed to warn consumers at the time her daughter took Children's Motrin.
The defendants argued that they complied with all of the requirements by the Food and Drug Administration.
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