Consumers who have been injured by Children’s Motrin have commenced lawsuits against the drug maker, McNeil Laboratories, and McNeil’s parent company, Johnson & Johnson. These actions allege that these companies were aware of the link between Children’s Motrin and other Ibuprofen medicines and failed to adequately warn consumers and physicians of this risk.

Critics of these companies have urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to mandate labels for Children’s Motrin that warn of the risk of SJS from use of Children’s Motrin and the potentially fatal consequences of using this medicine.

The labeling issue is complicated by the FDA’s mandated warnings (beginning in 1974) about SJS and the related condition, TEN (toxic epidermal necrolysis), for prescription forms of this medication. When Children’s Motrin became available without a prescription (over the counter) in 1995, the warning labels were no longer included.

In one Children’s Motrin / SJS case, the court noted that the maker of Children’s Motrin received at least 117 reports (beginning in June 2005) of SJS and TEN related to use of Children’s Motrin and other Ibuprofen drugs. McNeil received 87 of these reports before June 2009, when there was no mention of the risk of SJS or TEN on the non-prescription Children’s Motrin label.

Some Specific Cases/Lawsuits:

Samantha Rickis contracted SJS after use of Children’s Motrin when she was seven years old. Samantha suffered severe injuries, including:

  • blindness
  • loss of 90 percent of her skin
  • brain damage
  • permanent reduction of lung capacity to 20 percent

A Boston jury awarded Samantha $63 million in February 2013.

Brianna Maya was three and a half years old when she suffered an extreme and dangerous reaction to Children’s Motrin. As a result of taking Children’s Motrin, Brianna suffered:

  • Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN), a life-threatening condition
  • brain damage
  • loss of 84 percent of her skin
  • blindness
  • destruction of her reproductive organs

Brianna’s attorney established that:

  • there was no warning regarding the risks of SJS and TEN on the packaging of the non-prescription Children’s Motrin taken by Brianna
  • McNeil, the maker of Children’s Motrin, neglected to include the SJS / TEN warnings that were placed on the prescription form of the drug on the non-prescription form of the very same drug

The Philadelphia jury awarded Brianna $10 million in May 2011, when she was thirteen years old.

Heather Rose Kiss died from SJS and TEN in March 2003, when she was three years old. Her death occurred only one week after being given Children’s Motrin.
Sabriana Johnson was given Children’s Motrin in September 2003, when she was six years old. Sabriana developed symptoms of SJS overnight. The condition eventually rendered her blind.
Kaitlyn Langstaff was nine years old when she died, in 2003, from SJS caused by Children’s Motrin. Her death came only 20 months after ingesting the medicine.
  • Ab-Soul, a member of Black Hippy and an American hip hop recording artist
  • Padma Lakshmi, an actress, model, TV celebrity, and cookbook author
  • Manute Bol, a former NBA player who died from Stevens-Johnson syndrome and kidney failure
  • Gene Sauers, a three-time PGA Tour winner
  • Billy West, an American actor and voice actor

Feldman & Pinto no longer handles Children’s Motrin / Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) cases. Please do not contact us about Children’s Motrin or Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS). Thank you.