Today I want to discuss a very frightening warning issued by the FDA. The agency announced that SimplyThick could cause life-threatening necrotizing enterocolitis in premature infants. SimplyThick is a thickening agent used to treat swallowing disorders in both infants and adults. However, the FDA has received reports of infant deaths due to bowel problems that seem to be caused by the side effects of SimplyThick. As a Fort Lauderdale Products Liability Injury Lawyer, I find this news absolutely horrifying and downright frightening. As of May 20 when the FDA announced the warning, there had been 15 reports of premature infants suffering from necrotizing enterocolitis, including two cases resulting in death.
According to the FDA Warning on Simply Thick, the FDA urged parents, caregivers, and health care providers not to give SimplyThick to any infants born before 37 weeks of gestation. Furthermore, the FDA is having trouble identifying why the SimplyThick side effects are causing necrotizing enterocolitis among premature infants. As a Fort Lauderdale Injury Lawyer, I realize how scary this situation is for any parents whose children are taking SimplyThick. There is nothing more precious than our children, and this FDA warning should serve to remind us just how careful we need to be at all times.
For those who are unaware of what necrotizing enterocolitis is, I will explain it briefly. According to the FDA, it is “a life-threatening condition characterized by inflammation and death of intestinal tissue.” Some of the symptoms are bloody stools, greenish vomit and a bloated stomach. From a Fort Lauderdale Injury Attorney’s perspective, this is about as serious of a FDA warning as one can imagine. As I mentioned, we are still waiting to find out from the FDA why the SimplyThick side effects are causing this disorder in premature infants. Once the FDA figures out the causation I’m sure we will be given much more detailed instructions and information.