A recall of dietary supplements and liquid vitamins manufactured by the now-defunct Davie, Florida-based PharmaTech LLC has been issued by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The pharmaceutical products affected include liquid versions of children's multivitamins, vitamin D and stool softeners. The FDA notes that the ones this company manufactured have been found to have been contaminated with the Burkholderia cepacia bacteria, one that could cause particularly vulnerable patients to develop severe infections.
The bacterial contamination was first discovered during routine testing of the pharmaceutical manufacturer's Diocto Syrup and Liquid. This discovery resulted in three of companies that rebrand the medicines as their own voluntarily recalling this product.
Among those brands impacted by that recall, there are: Rubgy Laboratories, Leader Brands and Major Pharmaceuticals. It's believed that this manufacturer's pharmaceutical products were distributed to medical facilities, pharmacies, brick and mortar, and online retailers all across the United States.
In his statement regarding the recall, the FDA commissioner noted that this particular bacteria strain is particularly dangerous for young children who are only beginning to build up immunity to different things. Additionally, it's noted that the bacteria puts those with compromised immune systems, chronic lung disease and those critically ill at particularly high risk of getting sicker.
As for those who believe they may have already been impacted by the bacteria, in their recall, the FDA highlighted that it's quite possible those who come in contact with the bacteria can remain asymptomatic. In other cases, they may develop serious respiratory infections in response to the exposure to the strain.
If a patient is exposed to the bacteria in question, there are also two concerns that the FDA hoped to convey to those exposed. First, they note that it easily spreads from patient to others who work closely with them. It's quite resistant to being being treated using some of the more common antibiotics on the market as well.
Patients that have been treated using these products should stop using them right away. And, if you've experienced a worsening in your health condition after taking one or more of them, then you may want to consult with a Nashville defective or dangerous drug attorney. In doing so, he or she can advise you of the many different legal remedies you may be able to pursue to recover medical and other expenses in your case.
Source: WebMD, "FDA recalls liquid pharmaceutical products," Aug. 16, 2017