August 2016: Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) Awareness Month

WHEREAS, Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN), another form of SJS, are severe adverse drug reactions (ADR’s) to medication. SJS is one of the most debilitating ADR’s recognized; and,

WHEREAS, although SJS affects people of all ages, a large amount of those diagnosed are children; and,

WHEREAS, SJS was first discovered in 1922 by two pediatricians named A.M. Stevens and S.C. Johnson after diagnosing a child with severe ocular and oral involvement to a drug reaction. Almost any medication including over the counter drugs can cause SJS. Most commonly implicated drugs are anticonvulsants, antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications; and,

WHEREAS, recognizing the early symptoms of SJS and receiving prompt medical attention are the most invaluable tools in the minimizing of possible long-term effects SJS; and,

WHEREAS, an important way to combat this devastating problem is through public awareness. SJS and TEN are life threatening and complications can include permanent blindness, lung damage, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), scarring of mucous membranes, and chronic fatigue syndrome, among others; and,

WHEREAS, this month we recognize the individuals families, friends and caregivers dealing with Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim August 2016 as Stevens-Johnson Syndrome Awareness Month in Michigan.