Tylenol and Acetaminophen Causing Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis
The FDA on August 1, 2013 issued a directive regarding potentially fatal reactions to Acetaminophen and Tylenol. Our litigation team has represented victims of these diseases, both against pharmaceutical companies and for medical malpractice actions where there was a misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis or failure to diagnose. The specific diseases are known as:
- Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS)
- Toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN)
- Acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis (AGEP)
The specific symptoms are:
- Reddening of the skin
- Rash or blisters
- Detachment of the upper surface of the skin can
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The FDA also warned that other drugs used to treat fever and pain/body aches (e.g., non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDS, such as ibuprofen and naproxen) also carry the risk of causing serious skin reactions. Anyone who develops a skin rash or reaction while using acetaminophen or any other pain reliever/fever reducer should stop the drug and seek medical attention right away. If you or someone you love has suffered drug-induced liver damage, you may be eligible to recover compensation for your financial and emotional losses.
For a complimentary consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney who can determine your eligibility to file a legal claim, please contact Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo & Plotkin LLP today.
We are attorneys experienced in SJS and TENS litigation from handling claims on behalf of users of Bextra, a Pfizer arthritis medication which was eventually removed from the market. We represented cases for clients who had mild symptoms which resolved quickly. We also represented an older woman who was not diagnosed quickly. This led to permanent symptoms as described above. Resolution included litigation against Pfizer. Paul Rheingold was part of the New York State Coordinated litigation committee. Through threats of protracted litigation by our firm and other firms, we were able to secure favorable settlements on behalf of our SJS clients.
Your Legal Rights
Individuals who suffer drug-induced SJS or TENS may be entitled to recover compensation related to their losses and injuries, including medical expenses, lost wages or earning capacity, mental anguish, and more. If you or someone you love has developed liver damage that you think may be related to an over-the-counter or prescription drug, you need to ensure your legal rights are protected.