May 23, 2014 — Courthouse News reports that Bayer is facing a lawsuit from a woman who used Alka-Seltzer Plus Cough & Cold Formula with acetaminophen and developed Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS), a life-threatening skin reaction.
The woman, Aquila Hall-Hood, alleges that Bayer knew about the “unreasonably dangerous risks” of Alka-Seltzer, but the company and Wal-Mart fail to adequately inform consumers of these risks.
Consumers may not realize that some types of Alka-Seltzer contain acetaminophen. Last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a Safety Communication and warned that acetaminophen was associated with over 100 cases of SJS, including 12 deaths. Click here to read more.
Hall-Hood started taking Alka-Seltzer Plus on January 16, 2013 for the treatment of cough and cold symptoms. Two days later, she developed painful blisters in her mouth. She flew to Tahoe for a weekend trip, but when her plane landed, she was feeling ill and had severe blisters. She visited a doctor and was diagnosed with SJS, flew back to Las Vegas for treatment, fell into a coma, and awoke 31 days later missing 70% of her skin.
She developed Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN), which is the most severe form of SJS. The skin reaction causes the epidermis (top layer of skin) to detach and slough off the body in large sheets. It is extremely painful, disfiguring, and can lead to life-threatening infection or death. Treatment often takes months.
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