Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) is an exfoliative skin disorder that is almost always caused by an adverse reaction to prescription drugs. SJS has been linked to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Bextra, Vioxx, and Celebrex.
Rashes, sores, and peeling skin that resemble burns characterize SJS, and result in the loss of skin. If the condition persists untreated, it can turn into a more serious skin condition called Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN). SJS can even become fatal depending on the amount of skin lost.
There is also the high chance of infection connected with SJS. Not only do people with SJS suffer sores around mucous areas like the nose, mouth, vagina, or eyes, but large pieces of skin can also be lost.
If infection occurs, it can lead to sepsis or bacteremia, which are both deadly infections of the body or blood. While it is possible to contract SJS from outside sources like bacterial infections or over-the-counter medications, SJS almost always occurs as a result of an adverse drug reaction.
Until recently, NSAIDs did not have proper warning labels informing users of the risk of SJS. Now, however, the FDA has stated that the “black box” warning – the strongest label possible – must list the possible serious side effects that occur from taking an NSAID, including Stevens Johnson Syndrome.
If you or a loved one suffers from Stevens Johnson Syndrome, contact the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo, L.L.P. ® today and schedule your free initial consultation. Our dangerous drug lawyers will help you recover compensation for the losses you have endured from SJS.