Jury selection began last week in the trial of a products liability suit brought by a man who claims he contracted a disease after taking the pain reliever Motrin.
Christopher Trejo, now 22, alleges he developed soreness so severe from taking the pain reliever Motrin that his skin literally began to peel away from his body.
Trejo filed the lawsuit in September 2008 against Johnson & Johnson (J&J), McNeil Consumer Healthcare and the McKesson Corp. J&J is the parent company of McNeil, which manufactured, sold and distributed the Motrin, while McKesson distributed the drug in California.
According to the suit, Trejo was 16, in good health when he took Motrin after he came down with a fever while visiting Honduras in October 2005. After four days of taking Motrin, he experienced bloody bumps inside his mouth and a reddening of his eyes, his court papers state. While hospitalized in Honduras, he was diagnosed with Stevens Johnson Syndrome, a life-threatening disease that attacks both internal and external organs.
Trejo says one day after being admitted, skin lesions spread from his mouth and face to his abdomen and genitals. Over half of his body eventually became covered with blisters causing excruciating pain.
According to the court papers: “By the fourth day of hospitalization, 100 percent of Christopher’s body surface was damaged as his skin began to literally detach from all over his body, including the bottoms of his feet, the palms of his hands and his fingernails. The extent of skin involvement was captured in photographs taken during his hospitalization and can best be described as snapshots directly out of hell.”