A Massachusetts jury has awarded a family $63 million in damages against Johnson & Johnson and one of its subsidiaries, according to a Feb. 13 Associated Press report.
On Feb. 13 a Plymouth Superior Court jury found in favor of a family in a lawsuit against John & Johnson and its subsidiary McNeil-PPC Inc. The health care company has been ordered to pay teenager Samantha Reckis and her parents $109 million, including interest, after she suffered a life-threatening reaction to one of the company’s drugs: motrin, nearly ten years ago.
The family’s attorney Brad Henry says that the teenager was seven when she took the motrin brand, ibuprofen and suffered a rare side effect call toxic epidermal necrolysis, causing her to lose 90% of her skin and go blind.
A spokeswoman for the defendant company says the family has suffered a tragedy but the company disagrees with the verdict and is “considering additional legal options.”
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