Stevens-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis are two forms of the same life-threatening skin disease that cause rash, skin peeling, and sores on the mucous membranes.

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Who is Responsible for Stevens Johnson Syndrome from Bextra?


When a popular drug is shown to have a potentially dangerous side effect, such as Stevens Johnson Syndrome, there are usually a host of factors that come together in laying the blame for Stevens Johnson Sydrome. These sometimes make it very hard to determine who exactly will be liable in a lawsuit, a situation that causes lengthy delays in patients achieving justice, but in the case of Bextra things are far simpler. There are only two organizations responsible for the problematic side effects, and those organizations are the corporate drug giants Pharmacia and Pfizer.

Two of the world’s largest drug companies, Pharmacia and Pfizer are responsible for the marketing of Bextra as a safe drug for the prevention of arthritis pain, and as such are compelled to not only extensively test the drug, but also make the FDA aware of any potential side effect problems, such as Stevens Johnson Syndrome, prior to its release.

Clearly Pharmacia and Pfizer either didn’t research hard enough to discover the potential skin problem side effects, including Stevens Johnson Syndrome, that are now afflicting some Bextra users, or did indeed have the information but elected not to supply it to the FDA until well after the drug was approved for sale.

Whatever the true situation, the problems encountered by users before the ‘new warning’ went out leave the company wide open as a target for lawsuits from Bextra using sufferers of Stevens Johnson Syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis and exfoliative dermatitis, as well as those who’ve suffered other complicated allergic reactions to the drug.

Additionally, after the FDA refused Pharmacia’s request to approve Bextra for use in situations of acute pain relating to impacted molars (Bextra is only permitted for chronic pain related to arthritis, osteoporosis and menstrual cramps), the company partially funded a research study that suggested the drug would be useful in fighting acute dental pain. That study duly found its way into dental journals and the company was sued for allegedly secretive encouragement of ‘off label’ uses and attempting to circumvent the FDA’s refusal.


Over and over again, in more and more cunning ways, the pharmaceutical industry is putting profit ahead of consumers’ physical and financial well-being," said an attorney linked to the case. “The FDA regulations exist to protect consumers and Pharmacia’s efforts to circumvent those regulations without regard for anything but its own bottom line must stop." Clearly the fact that some people are suffering from Stevens Johnson Syndrome because of Bextra is of less importance to these companies than the potential to increase profits with the drug.

If you’ve experienced Stevens Johnson Syndrome problems after using Bextra, we’re here to help.

Do I have a Bextra Case?

If you believe that you or a loved one has been adversely affected by Bextra, please fill out the form below. There is no charge for this Bextra case evaluation.


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During what period of time was Bextra prescribed?
Why was Bextra prescribed?
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Did effects from Bextra include:
Skin Rash
Breathing Problems
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Have you been diagnosed with: (check all that apply)
Stevens Johnson Syndrome
Epidermal Necrolysis
Erythema Multiforme
Exfoliative Dermatitis
Have you experienced the following: (check all that apply)
Sudden or unexplained death
Heart attack (Myocardial Infraction)
Unstable angina
Cardiac thrombus
Resuscitated cardiac arrest
Ulcers with permanent damage
Ischemic stroke
Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
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