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The verdict may not mean other cases won't go the other way, says Miles
Cooper, an attorney with The Veen Firm in San Francisco, who has experience in
product liability cases.
"One verdict is not enough to predict the outcomes of the 60 cases,"
he tells WebMD. "I expect this case will be appealed by the plaintiffs. And
there would need to be at least four to six more cases tried to see what the
jurors' trends are."
A physician who has testified in product liability cases says he is not
surprised by the verdict. "Many, many OTC [over-the-counter] drugs can
cause Stevens-Johnson syndrome," says Neal Benowitz, MD, a professor of
medicine and biopharmaceutical sciences at the University of California San
Francisco School of Medicine. "It's very rare," he adds.
"Manufacturers cannot put every side effect down on a label, there is
just not room. What manufacturers have to do is just pick out the most common
and the most serious."