Earlier this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a news release about potential contamination in multiple brands of dietary supplements and drugs. The FDA advised healthcare professionals and consumers not to use dietary supplements or liquid drugs manufactured by Pharma Tech LLC in Davie, Florida. The potentially defective drugs were labeled by Major Pharmaceuticals, Rugby Laboratories, and Leader Brands. The drugs may be contaminated with Burkholderia cepacian (B. cepacia).
Drugs and dietary supplements that could be contaminated with the B. cepacia bacteria include:
- Liquid multivitamin for infants and toddlers
- Vitamin D supplements
- Stool softeners (liquid docusate sodium drugs)
- Other liquid drugs listed in the FDA’s news release
What is B. cepacia Bacteria?
According to the news release, B. cepacia is a potentially harmful bacteria that can pose a serious threat to some patients, including young children and infants. It poses the greatest threat to individuals with compromised immune systems, patients in hospitals, critically ill patients, and patients with chronic lung diseases.
- cepacia can spread through human contact and is resistant to common antibiotics. Symptoms vary widely with some people not exhibiting any symptoms. However, B. cepacia can be life-threatening if not treated properly. The contaminated drugs appear to be linked to patient infections earlier this year and a multistate outbreak of B. cepacia last year.
Lawsuits for Defective and Dangerous Drugs
When a defective drug or dangerous drug injures you, you have legal options for recourse. Manufacturers, distributors, pharmacies, hospitals, and physicians have a duty of care to the individuals using these drugs. If you are injured, you might have a legal cause of action against one or more parties involved in the development, manufacture, distribution, and dispense of the dangerous drug.
Determining who is liable and how to proceed with a legal action can be complicated in defective drug cases. A thorough and comprehensive investigation must be conducted to determine who is liable for your damages. Once we determine the parties liable for the defective or dangerous drug, we can pursue a claim against that party or parties. By filing a personal injury claim, you may receive compensation for your:
- Cost of medical care
- Loss of income
- Physical pain
- Emotional suffering
- Permanent damage
The amount of compensation you might receive depends on several factors. Our nationwide defective drug attorneys can discuss your case in detail during a free legal consultation and no-obligation case evaluation. Because we accept most cases on a contingency fee basis, you owe nothing up front to get started on a defective drug injury claim.
Nationwide Defective Drug Attorneys in New Orleans
Our New Orleans defective product attorneys represent clients throughout the United States. Call Attorney Fred Olinde of The Olinde Firm for your free case evaluation. Call our office at (504) 587-1440 or 1-800-587-1889 to request a free consultation with a New Orleans defective drug attorney.