Simply Thick is one brand of a thickening agent used for individuals with swallowing and reflux problems. SimplyThick is sold in individual serving packets as well as larger bottles. Simply Thick has also been marketed to parents of newborn infants to help thicken breast milk and baby formula for infants that have difficulty swallowing and keeping the food down.
Recent findings from both the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and broader medical community have discovered that feeding SimplyThick and other thickening agents to newborn infants may have deadly consequences. If your infant was given SimplyThick or similar thickening agents and subsequently developed necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), you may have grounds for a Simply Thick lawsuit against the makers of this potentially harmful product.
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) initially warned expectant and new parents and doctors in May of 2011 about the potential risks of thickening agent SimplyThick and NEC. They warned that Simply Thick may potentially cause necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) in both premature and full-term infants. Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is a potentially life-threatening condition affecting the intestines. In 2011, when the FDA made their initial SimplyThick warning, it was aware of 15 cases and two deaths linked to SimplyThick and NEC. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suggested that parents and caregivers not feed SimplyThick to infants that were born prior to 37 weeks gestation or those who have been released from the hospital within the last 30 days.
In late 2012, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a follow-up warning related to NEC and Simply Thick stating now that, “infants of any age may face an increased risk of developing NEC if fed SimplyThick.” This is quite the adjustment to their previous statement related only to preterm infants. This could be due to the release of a study in the Journal of Pediatrics in May of 2012 which discovered that it appeared that full-term infants were just as likely to develop NEC if taking Simply Thick as premature infants.
In addition to the warnings from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the potential risks of feeding SimplyThick to infants, the FDA discovered that one of the plants manufacturing SimplyThick was possibly producing a bacteria-contaminated product. This prompted a shut-down of that plant, but not before copious amounts of potentially-contaminated SimplyThick had been shipped to consumers.
If your child is currently suffering or has suffered from Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC), and they took a thickening agent like SimplyThick to supplement breast milk or formula, you may have a potential Simply Thick lawsuit against the makers of the thickening agent. Women across the nation are currently filing Simply Thick lawsuits on behalf of their infants suffering from this dangerous condition. Our Simply Thick Lawyers are currently standing by ready to offer a free consultation for your potential Simply Thick lawsuit.