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A lawsuit was filed today on behalf of Nina Ratliff who died as a result of complications associated with Stevens – Johnson syndrome (SJS).

Montgomery, Alabama (April 23, 2007) – A significant lawsuit was filed today in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama against a pharmaceutical company that makes and sells Celebrex. The wrongful death complaint was filed in state court by Michael H. Allen, Administrator of the Estate of Nina Earline Ratliff, who was a resident of Tuscaloosa County. Ms. Ratliff died of complications due to Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS), which she developed as a result of taking Celebrex.

Stevens Johnson Syndrome is an immune complex hypersensitivity reaction that can be caused from an immune response to a drug. This reaction often results in a widespread rash that involves eyes, mouth, vaginal, urethral, gastrointestinal, respiratory tract and other internal organs.

Defendants in the case include Pfizer Inc., Pharmacia Corporation, Monsanto Company, and G.D. Searle.

The law firm of Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles of Montgomery, Alabama, represents the plaintiff in this lawsuit. Jere Beasley, one of the lawyers handling the case, stated:

“The drug companies knew of the dangers and risks associated with taking Celebrex and withheld that knowledge from the public and the medical community. Celebrex was aggressively marketed by the drug companies which spent a record amount on a marketing campaign.

The defendant’s actions are a classic example of putting corporate profits over the safety and welfare of the people taking prescription drugs. The drug companies in this case displayed a conscious disregard for the safety of the public and subjected people to the risk of injury or death as a result of taking Celebrex.

Celebrex, which is a pain killer, is the same type drug as Vioxx and Bextra. Studies reveal that these painkillers can cause Stevens Johnson Syndrome and that death can result in severe cases. The defendants failed to warn the medical community and the public of the risk associated with taking Celebrex.”

About Beasley Allen
Headquartered in Montgomery, Alabama, Beasley Allen is comprised of over 45 attorneys and 200 support staff. Beasley Allen is a national leader in civil litigation, having settled verdicts and settlements amounting to nearly $15 billion.

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