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SimplyThick Causes Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) In Premature And Full Term Babies, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Cautions

By The Beasley Firm on September 19, 2012 - No comments

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has expanded its warning regarding SimplyThick and the development of necrotizing enterocolitis or NEC. Back in May 2011, the FDA issued an advisory warning consumers of SimplyThick’s risk to premature infants and the development of NEC.

Necrotizing enterocolitis is when there is infection and inflammation of the intestine, causing the lining of the intestinal wall to fall off, leading to death of the intestinal tissue.

After issuing the original warning, the FDA continued to conduct extensive reviews of reports potentially linked to the use of SimplyThick.  It was noted that approximately 24 full term infants developed NEC after being administered SimplyThick in addition to 21 premature babies.  Fourteen of the babies required surgery and seven of the infants that developed NEC died.

SimplyThick is an ingredient added to formula or breast milk to thicken it up and is often used to help persistent spitting up or regurgitation.  The FDA also indicates that SimplyThick is used in older children and adults with swallowing problems.  The agency is now extending this warning because they believe that parents, caregivers and doctors will all benefit from this additional information.

If your infant or child developed NEC while using SimplyThick or if there was a delay in diagnosing and treating your baby’s NEC, you may be eligible for compensation.  Here at the Beasley Philadelphia medical malpractice law firm we have specialized legal and medical teams that consist of doctors and nurses who have collectively worked over 60 years in neonatal intensive care units and newborn nurseries caring for infants with NEC (necrotizing enterocolitis). Our collective medical and legal knowledge assisted in obtaining two of the largest medical negligence verdicts in Pennsylvania history, $100 million and $55 million. To date, we have had over $2 billion awarded for our injured clients and victims of medical malpractice.  Please feel free to contact one of our experienced lawyers, doctors or nurses at 1.888.823.5291 for a strictly confidential and free consultation.

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Can SimplyThick Cause Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) in a Premature Baby? The FDA Investigates

By The Beasley Firm on May 24, 2011 - No comments

On May 20, 2011, the FDA released an immediate press announcement warning parents, neonatal intensive care physicians, pediatricians, caregivers and other healthcare providers not to use SimplyThick because it may be linked to causing necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) or even death in premature infants. SimplyThick is thickening product that can be added to liquids to help gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), regurgitation, or spitting up of formula. As of May 13, 2011, the FDA was aware of 15 cases of NEC, including two deaths, of premature infants who were fed formula or breast milk fortified with the SimplyThick.

Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is a life-threatening medical condition where portions of the bowel or intestines undergo necrosis or death. If not promptly diagnosed and treated, it can lead to death of the baby. Some of the symptoms of NEC are abdominal distention, bloating or a belly that is larger than normal, blood in the stool or bowel movements, feeding difficulties or feeding intolerance, diarrhea, lethargy or tiredness, trouble maintaining a normal body temperature and vomiting. If not diagnosed and treated, it can lead to an intestinal stricture or narrowing of the intestine, intestinal perforation or a hole in the intestine, infection in the abdomen or peritonitis, overwhelming infection or sepsis, and death.

NEC is usually seen in premature babies that are still in the hospital. However, what the FDA was finding out is that the NEC was occurring in premature babies that had already been discharged from the hospital. The FDA is continuing to investigate the possible link between SimplyThick and NEC and will provide more information as it becomes available. In the meantime, they are urging that SimplyThick not be used in feedings for premature infants that were born before 37 weeks gestation.

Here at the Beasley Philadelphia birth injury law firm we have specialized legal and medical teams that consist of doctors and nurses who have collectively worked over 60 years in neonatal intensive care units and newborn nurseries caring for premature infants and NEC (necrotizing enterocolitis). Our collective medical and legal knowledge assisted in obtaining two of the largest medical negligence verdicts in Pennsylvania history, $100 million and $55 million. In addition, we have evaluated thousands of product liability cases that have also injured many unsuspecting patients. To date, we have had billions awarded for our clients.

If your baby developed NEC while in the hospital or at home due to a defective or dangerous product that was used, please contact one of our experienced Philadelphia product liability attorneys at 1.888.823.5291 for a risk free, no fee, and confidential consultation.

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