Simply Thick Recall Lawyer in NC – Ward Black Law
The attorneys of Ward Black Law are currently investigating potential Simply Thick lawsuits in N.C. If your infant was fed Simply Thick and developed Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) or other adverse side effects, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact a Simply Thick recall lawyer at Ward Black Law in N.C. today! We are happy to answer your questions, provide a free, no-obligation case review and advocate passionately for you.
An Introduction to Simply Thick
Manufactured by Simply Thick LLC and introduced to the market in October 2001, SimplyThick® is a gel thickener marketed to individuals with difficulty swallowing, including infants. The thickening agent is used by parents, caregivers and health care providers with breastmilk or infant formula to help babies swallow and keep down their food. It’s sold in individual packets or 64-ounce dispenser bottles and has been distributed across the country through food service distributors, drug suppliers, wholesale channels and directly to the public.
But it may have disastrous effects. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an advisory in May 2011, warning that Simply Thick may cause Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC), a lethal disease, in premature infants. It directed “parents, caregivers and health care providers not to feed Simply Thick to infants born before 37 weeks’ gestation who are currently receiving hospital care or have been discharged from the hospital in the past 30 days.”
Since the initial advisory, the FDA has received 22 reports of infant NEC, 7 of which resulted in infant death. The FDA made one crucial modification to its warning in September of 2012: infants of any age may face an increased risk of developing NEC if fed Simply Thick.
Necrotizing Enterocolitis, or the death of intestinal tissue, is a life-threatening disease with a 25% mortality rate. It can result in distension of the abdomen, feeding intolerance, and increased gastric residuals. Severe cases may progress to intestinal ischemia and intestinal perforation, which often requires immediate hospitalization and emergency surgery. NEC can also cause severe permanent impairment in children who survive it. Signs and symptoms of Necrotizing Enterocolitis include:
- bloated stomach
- feeding intolerance
- greenish-tinged vomiting
- bloody stools
Simply Thick Recall
After the FDA found adverse events during its investigation of the Simply Thick manufacturing plant, Simply Thick LLC issued a voluntary recall on June 4, 2011 of its SimplyThick® thickening gel products manufactured at a food processing plant located in Stone Mountain, Georgia. This plant is currently owned and operated by Thermo Pac, LLC.
The recall is limited only to products manufactured at this plant. To learn more about particular products affected, please visit the FDA site.
The FDA is still investigating whether there is a link between ingesting Simply Thick and developing Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC), but nevertheless warns parents, caregivers and health care providers to be aware of the potential risks and dangerous side effects of Simply Thick before feeding the thickening agent to children.
Simply Thick LLC now states that SimplyThick® is not intended for children under the age of 12 months of age especially pre-term babies or with children under the age of 12 years who have a diagnosis of NEC (necrotizing entercolitis).
Simply Thick Recall Lawyer
If you or a loved one has a child who was diagnosed with Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC), please contact the Simply Thick recall lawyers of Ward Black Law regarding your rights. You can reach us by phone at (336)333-2244 or 800-531-919 and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can visit us on our website: wardblacklaw.com.
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