In Malibu, California, an eleven year-old girl has taken the witness stand in the trial that alleges an allergic reaction to Children's Motrin left her permanently blind.
Even before her first word of testimony, the disability of 11-year-old Sabrina Johnson was clear to the jury. Taking her oath she couldn't see the clerk. The bailiff helped her to the witness stand. She testified as an alleged victim of Children's Motrin which did not carry a warning for SJS, Stevens Johnson Syndrome, a rare allergic reaction.
Yet, despite her hardships for the last 5 years, she was consistently optimistic. About hiding in darkness on Christmas because light was so painful Sabrina said, " That was not a very fun Christmas because I was in box. I was one of the presents." Her father testified that he would have never given her the Children's Motrin if it had a more explicit warning label about potential side effects. Now it's the child's future he worries about. Kenneth Johnson said, "I'm scared to death that my girl will end up in some apartment in the middle of some city on a government subsistence check not able to take care of herself and that scares me to death."
Motrin is made by McNeil Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson. The company says the FDA cleared it for over the counter sales and approved the warning label. The FDA later called for a change when they received more reports of of bad reactions . For Sabrina, getting teased at school for hiding from the sun was just a small part of it. Sabrina said, "Now, they just tease me because I can't play with them because they 'll be playing handball or something and I won't be able to see the ball. It 's harder."
After reading this, it does make me want to dump out my Motrin. But it usually does work better for my kids compared to Tylenol. So, is this case a fluke or is this a real danger. I hope this court case answers that question for parents.
Do you use Children's Motrin?
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