Saturday, May 21, 2011

Girl Blinded By J&J's Motrin Awarded $10 Million By Jury

Bloomberg has;

"A Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) unit must pay $10 million in damages to the family of a 13-year-old girl who suffered skin burns and eye damage after she took Children’s Motrin to treat a fever and cough, a Pennsylvania jury ruled.
Jurors in state court in Philadelphia deliberated for 10 hours over two days before holding J&J’s McNeil Consumer Products unit liable for Brianna Maya’s injuries. Maya, now 13, was left blind in one eye and suffered burns over 84 percent of her body after taking Motrin in 2000 when she was 3 1/2.

The ruling means that “J&J and McNeil will be called to task” for failing to properly warn parents about Motrin’s risks, Keith Jensen, a lawyer for Maya and her family, said in an interview after the verdict was announced today."

What's interesting is that the Jury called J&J to task for failing to provide a proper warning, and rejected claims that J&J's product itself was defectively designed.

Continue Reading Bloomberg Coverage Here.

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