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B. Cepacia Infections Linked to Medline Remedy Foaming Body Cleanser

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has received at least 10 reports of infection with bacteria within the Burkholderia cepacia complex, also known as B. cepacia, associated with a Medline product, Remedy Essentials No-Rinse Cleansing Foam.

May 9, 2018 – The infections occurred in 3 states: Pennsylvania (7 cases), California (2 cases), and New Jersey (1 case). All 10 patients were hospitalized for acute conditions when they were diagnosed with B. cepacia, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a B. cepacia infection, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.

What’s the Problem?

The Burkholderia cepacia complex (B. cepacia) consists of different species of bacteria that are found in the natural environment, according to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

B. cepacia bacteria are often resistant to antibiotics, which makes them difficult to treat once they infect the lungs. However, some species of the bacteria may be successfully treated with a combination of antibiotics.

Signs and symptoms of B. cepacia include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Congestion
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing

Medline Remedy Essentials No-Rinse Cleansing Foam is used for skin and perineal care in hospitals and home healthcare settings for people who are unable to shower or bathe after surgery, or due to other acute health conditions, according to the FDA. The agency is particularly concerned about bacterial contamination with this product, since it is not intended to be rinsed from the patient’s skin. This is particularly dangerous for patients with chronic diseases or other underlying medical conditions which affect the immune system.

FDA said health officials have collected samples of Medline Cleansing Foam from multiple locations, including affected hospitals. As of Tuesday, there have been multiple samples that tested positive for B. cepacia, matching the clinical strains isolated from case patients by Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis (PFGE). Additionally, an environmental swab collected at Shadow Holdings, dba Bocchi Laboratories, during the ensuing investigation has tested positive for B. cepacia, FDA said.

As a result of these issues, Shadow Holdings dba Bocchi Laboratories is recalling 4oz and 8oz bottles of Medline Remedy Essentials No-Rinse Cleansing Foam from the following lot numbers: M05703, M06691, and M07247.

FDA is currently investigating to determine whether any additional products or lots need to be recalled. The agency is advising the public to not use any Medline Remedy Essentials No-Rinse Cleansing Foam products at this time.

Do I Have a B. Cepacia Lawsuit?

The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in B. Cepacia lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.

Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you were infected with B. cepacia bacteria, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.

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