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Lawsuit Brought Over Children’s Motrin

The parents of a seven-year-old girl are suing the makers of Children´s Motrin and several other companies that distribute the painkiller.

Kenneth and Joan Brierton Johnson of Los Angeles claim their daughter lost her eyesight and suffered other severe side effects after taking the medication. The lawsuit was filed today on behalf of Sabrina Brierton Johnson. It seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages against health care giant Johnson and Johnson, subsidiary McNeil Consumer and Specialty Pharmaceuticals, and several other firms, including retailers Ralphs Grocery and Albertsons´s Sav-On pharmacies. In their lawsuit, the Johnsons accuse the defendants of negligence, breach of warranty and of concealing from consumers and doctors potential health risks of taking the flu and pain medication.

A similar lawsuit was filed against the makers of Children´s Motrin in March 2003. In that federal lawsuit, filed in San Jose, the parents of a then nine-year-old girl alleged the medication left their daughter unable to see, speak or eat.