A Long Island man has sued the makers of Advil for $150 million, alleging that the painkiller caused his kidneys to fail, forcing him to have a transplant.
Michael Sosna, 36, of Great Neck started using Advil in 1990 for chronic pain he suffered after he smashed his finger in a door, said his lawyer, Henry Simon. He used it through December 1994, when he was diagnosed with kidney failure.
"I wanted people to have a warning that I did not have," Sosna said Thursday in a telephone interview from his Great Neck home.
In papers filed this week in Manhattan's State Supreme Court, Sosna alleged that Advil is an unsafe over-the-counter medication and that its manufacturers have known for years of its toxic properties.
The lawsuit says Advil's packaging does not warn consumers that long-term use can cause kidney problems.
Carole Dornbush, public affairs director for Whitehall-Robins Laboratories, which makes Advil, had no comment on the lawsuit.