“The fact that this product may have caused infant deaths is both tragic and infuriating, especially once you find out that the product was never tested for safety,” says Parker Waichman LLP.
(PRWEB) February 07, 2013
Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of victims injured by dangerous products, is offering free legal consultations to families who were affected by the use of SimplyThick, a thickener that is added to liquid in order to prevent choking. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned that using SimplyThick may cause necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a potentially fatal bowel condition. According to Bloomberg News, SimplyThick has been linked to seven infant deaths.
“The fact that this product may have caused infant deaths is both tragic and infuriating, especially once you find out that the product was never tested for safety.” says Parker Waichman LLP. Parker Waichman LLP is offering free legal advice to parents and other consumers who believe they were affected by the thickening agent.
According to the Bloomberg article, the FDA first warned about SimplyThick in May 2011. At the time, the agency warned against using the thickener in premature babies because reports suggested that it may cause necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), or death of the intestinal lining. At the time, the agency said that it was aware of 15 cases of NEC, including two deaths, involving SimplyThick. According to the FDA warning, signs of NEC include:
- Bloated abdominal area
- Appearance of illness
- Feeding intolerance
- Greenish-tinged (bile) vomiting
- Bloody stools
A month after this first warning, SimplyThick recalled the thickening agent produced at the company’s Stone Mountain, GA plant. In announcing this recall, the FDA stated that “SimplyThick's recall of this product is a result of the company's failure to ensure that harmful bacteria of possible public health significance were destroyed in the manufacturing process at that manufacturing plant. Product manufactured at other facilities remains on the market.”
Last September, the FDA expanded its warning on SimplyThick, stating that it should not be used in any infants. The agency conducted an investigation of 84 cases, published in The Journal of Pediatrics last year. The review found 22 cases of NEC that were associated with the use of SimplyThick. Seven of these infants died and 14 required surgery.
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