22 year old damaged by aspirin loses compensation claimBMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7335.444/c (Published 23 February 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:444
- Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
The High Court last week cleared the UK government of negligence in not giving a speedier warning 16 years ago about the link between aspirin and Reye's syndrome.
Mr Justice Morland rejected a compensation claim on behalf of Amanda Smith, now aged 22, who had been healthy until as a 6 year old she contracted chickenpox in May 1986 and was given adult aspirin by her mother. Her condition deteriorated into Reye's syndrome, leaving her with brain damage, spastic quadriplegia, epilepsy, and a life …