Are Probiotics Safe for Infants?
According to Forbes, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning about using dietary supplements containing live bacteria or yeast with young children or people with compromised immune systems.
The warning came after the death of an infant who was provided probiotics. Forbes reported that in October, a pre-term Connecticut infant died after it contracted a fungal disease of the gastrointestinal tract, called mucormycosis. The news outlet reported that the hospital provided the infant the supplement in its neonatal intensive care unit.
After the child died, officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified the fungus, Rhizopus oryzae, in unopened bottles of ABC Dophilus manufactured by Solgar Inc. of Leonia, New Jersey.
The supplements were reportedly marketed directly for use in infants and children. The company voluntarily recalled the product on November 17, according to Forbes.
The FDA, CDC and Connecticut Department of Health are continuing to investigate the infant’s death. To read more, you can click on the source link located on the bottom of this page.
How Can I Speak to a Defective Drug Attorney?
As we have been reporting over the last couple of weeks, the FDA does not have the same abilities to monitor, control or review supplement manufacturing techniques as it has when it comes to prescription drug manufacturers.
If you have been injured by a dangerous drug, defective supplement or probiotic, speak to our attorneys. We may be able to investigate your case and determine if you are entitled to damages.
It is unfortunate whenever people are injured or killed because a manufacturer failed in its duty to make sure that a product was safe before allowing its sale.
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