Northern District of Illinois Rules on Lawsuit Alleging Adverse Reaction to Motrin


At issue in a recent Illinois products liability lawsuit was whether the manufacturer of Motrin was liable for an adverse reaction to its product.

In Robinson v. McNeil Consumer HealthCare, 2010 WL 3156548, the plaintiffs brought a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

The facts in this case are very unfortunate. One evening, the primary plaintiff, Ms. Robinson had a headache and took a dose of children’s Motrin, which she had previously purchased for her children. Shortly thereafter she noticed a rash on her chest that became worse as the day passed. She soon became feverish and took another dose of the Motrin. Her rash and fever worsened and she continued to take the Motrin. She was later hospitalized by her physician and was diagnosed with TEN (toxic epidermal necrolysis), an especially severe form of SJS (Stevens-Johnson syndrome). TEN is a very severe disease that causes severe blistering and consequent sloughing off of skin over much of the body, and also causes serious damage to the mouth, eyes, throat, and esophagus.

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