|Stevens Johnson (SJS) & Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN) Class Action Lawsuit Investigation|
- Tuesday, 31 July 2012 15:45
Stevens Johnson (SJS) & Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN) Class Action Lawsuit Investigation
Hundreds of Americans are diagnosed with Stevens Johnson Syndrome and/or Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis each year. Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) is a rare, serious allergic reaction to medication that causes the skin and mucous membranes to react severely, literally burning from the inside out as blisters and severe skin burns form. In its later stages, SJS can cause Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN), a potentially life-threatening condition that causes large areas of the skin to slough off, exposing patients to infections, sepsis and death. Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against pharmaceutical manufacturers for knowing about the risk of developing Stevens Johnson Syndrome or Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis from taking their drugs, but for inadequately warning users. To this day, many consumers are still unaware of these risks, which is why a Stevens Johnson Syndrome & Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis Class Action Lawsuit Investigation has been formed to investigate these claims.
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Stevens Johnson (SJS) & Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN) Symptoms
About 300 new diagnoses of SJS are reported every year. Plaintiffs in Stevens Johnson Syndrome lawsuits and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis lawsuits cite numerous symptoms and complications caused by taking over-the-counter NSAIDS like ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil; antibiotics like Zithromax, azithromycin, Z-Pak, amoxicillin; Cox-2 Inhibitors like Bextra, Celebrex, Vioxx; anti-seizure medications like Dilantin and many more.
SJS is a severe allergic reaction to medication that begins with flu-like symptoms and a rash, and can lead to blistering, severe peeling, open sores, and even death. About 5% to 15% of patients with Stevens Johnson Syndrome die, which is why it’s imperative that patients are closely monitored under the close supervision of hospital staff. SJS recovery can take weeks to months, depending on the severity of the situation, which can rack up thousands of dollars in medical bills. A Stevens Johnson Syndrome lawsuit is often the only way patients can recover money from the drug maker for inadequately warning them about the risk of SJS.
Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (also known as “Lyell’s syndrome”) is a rare, life-threatening skin condition that causes large sheets of skin to detach from the body, as well as cause lesions in the mucous membranes, such as the mouth, eyes and vagina. TEN symptoms are often preceded by 1 to 2 weeks of fever, followed by a rash over large parts of the body. The top layer of the skin fills with fluid deposited by the body’s immune system, usually as a result of a negative reaction to an antibiotic. The skin then begins to sag from the body and can be peeled off in large sheets, leaving the patient vulnerable to infections that can result in sepsis – the leading cause of TEN death. Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis can also cause mouth blisters that make eating difficult, as well as eye problems such as swelling, crusting, ulcers and blindness. About 30% to 40% of TEN patients die.
Possible TEN and SJS complications include:
- Secondary skin infection (cellulitis)
- Sepsis (blood infection)
- Eye problems that can lead to blindness
- Internal organ damage
- Permanent skin damage
Medications Linked to SJS & TEN
Stevens Johnson Syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis can be caused by almost any medication, including antibiotics, anticonvulsants (like Dilantin,) sedatives and over-the-counter (OTC) painkillers. The following list of SJS medications and TEN medications are most commonly cited in Steven Johnson Syndrome lawsuits, although this is not a comprehensive list:
SJS attorneys are actively investigating cases of Stevens Johnson Syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis for failing to warn medication users about the disorders. Many drugs associated with SJS and TEN have inadequate warnings on the product labels, and the drug manufacturers should be held liable.
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