Alas, the good news for Johnson & Johnson on this blog ends here. A Pennsylvania jury found J&J responsible for not properly warning of Motrin’s risks and ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $10 million to a young girl and her family.
The girl took Motrin 11 years ago as an infant and was blinded in one eye and suffered burns over 84 percent of her body.
Nobody is saying the Motrin should be recalled or even that it is anything other than a quality drug. But the jury specifically found J&J negligent in failing to provide a proper warning about Children’s Motrin’s risks. J&J did not warn that ibuprofen can trigger a severe allergic reaction. J&J’s failed defense: it was a 1 in 25 million shot.