We have written on Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) in previous issues. We have tried to let folks know that SJS is a most serious problem for victims. Being diagnosed with a serious condition is stressful enough, but developing a severe allergic reaction, such as SJS, to the medication makes a bad situation into a terrifying ordeal. Unfortunately, since many patients aren’t aware of Stevens Johnson Syndrome symptoms, they don’t know that when they break out in a rash they may be facing a medical emergency. Because some drugs warn only about a rash, but not about SJS, folks taking those drugs aren’t aware of the risks of a life-threatening condition.
Stevens Johnson Syndrome and its more severe form, toxic epidermal necrolysis, are serious allergic reactions to medications. They can arise at any time, even if the medication has previously been well-tolerated, and are linked to a variety of common medications, including ibuprofen.
Patients are often treated in hospital burn wards because their skin can peel off and they suffer burn-related injuries including severe blistering. Some patients who develop SJS do not survive, while those that do often have permanent injuries including photosensitivity, pain and scarring. Lawsuits have been filed against some drug companies for failing to adequately warn about the risks of Stevens Johnson Syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis. If you need more information on SJS, contact Frank Woodson, a lawyer in our firm’s Mass Torts Section, at 800-898-0234 or by email at Frank.Woodson@beasleyallen.com.
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