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New York Man’s Lawsuit Claims Antbiotic Cleocin Gave Him Serious Skin Disease

Filed November 1st, 2013 Laurie

A New York man filed a lawsuit against the drug maker Pfizer alleging that its antibiotic Cleocin can cause Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN) in some patients.

SJS and TEN are potentially fatal skin diseases that can bring on a rash, skin peeling, and sores on the mucus membranes. SJS can be caused by drugs, viral infections, and malignancies. Until recently, most of the drugs that cause these conditions did not have a warning on their labels. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, sulfa antibiotics, antibiotics, barbiturates, anti-convulsants, anti-tuberculosis drugs, and the drug allopurinol can all cause SJS.

The complaint, filed on October 24 in the New York County Supreme Court, accuses Pfizer of knowing about the risks of SJS and TEN linked to Cleocin but failing to disclose them to patients on Cleocin’s package inserts and other informational materials, according to

According to the lawsuit, the Plaintiff, Thomas Bird, alleges that he developed SJS after receiving Cleocin intravenously on September 14, 2012, to treat a diabetic foot infection, reported.

In recent years, SJS has been linked to Advil, Children’s Motrin, Accutane (which has been recalled), the blood cancer drug Revlimid, the HIV medication Intelence, and a number of other medications.

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