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Our Dilantin law firm uniquely specializes in representing victims of Stevens Johnson Syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis. Mr. Barber* has taken on several large pharmaceutical companies in litigation and has settled lawsuits for SJS and TEN victims against Pfizer, G. D. Searle, Pharmacia, McNeil and Johnson & Johnson.
While other Dilantin law firms claim to be SJS and TEN attorneys, most have not and cannot claim that they have actually litigated or settled Dilantin claims involving SJS
So when you are considering what law firm you are going to hire to represent you in your Dilantin claims against drug companies for your Stevens Johnson syndrome injuries, remember that our Dilantin law firm actually has obtained recoveries for several clients for SJS and TEN victims against some of the largest drug manufacturers in the world.
*Mr. Barber is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and has been for
33 years; and is also certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and has been since 1999.
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Among the most feared complications of drug therapy are the exfoliative skin disorders--erythema multiforme (EM), Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN). Both diseases, Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN), are primarily, if not solely, caused by drugs among adults, and approximately 50% are drug-related among all ages.
Erythema Multiforme / Stevens Johnson Syndrome / Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis
Most experts agree that erythema multiforme, a mild blistering skin eruption, is a milder version of Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS), which can progress into Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) or TEN. The most severe skin reactions to drug therapy are Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) and TEN, which are skin diseases that result in eruptions resembling burns and are characterized by epidermal loss. Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) and TEN are often heralded by fever, sore throat, cough, and burning eyes for 1 to 3 days. The skin eruption usually begins as a rash that develops into blisters and mucous membrane involvement, including the eyes, mouth, respiratory and GI tract, genitals and anus. Almost 90% of all TEN reactions involve the mucous membrane and 85% have conjunctivitis or eye lesions.
Mortality and epidemiology (death rate/incidence rate)
Mortality rates have been reported to be between 25% and 80%. Age and extent of skin loss are the most significant predictors of mortality. One of the most frequent causes of death is sepsis or a systemic infection caused by losing the protection of your skin. Females appear to be about twice as frequently affected than males with TEN. However, the incidence rate among women taking certain NSAIDs, such as Daypro/oxaprozin is much higher. There have been reported annual incidence rates of Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) in the range of 2.6-8.2 per million reported from a study conducted in the U.S. A higher rate of Erythema Multiforme (EM) has been reported to be between 10.2- 46.5 per million from the same study.
* Unless noted, attorneys in the firm are not certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
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