The product at issue, Neocate, is made by Nutricia, and serves as an acid-based elemental formula that is intended for children with food and milk allergies. There are a number of products marketed under the brand name Neocate.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If your child or other loved one sustained a bone fracture or other serious injury from Neocate, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.
- Neocate Syneo Infant
- Neocate Infant DHA/ARA
- Neocate Nutra
- Neocate Junior
- Neocate Junior with Probiotics
- Neocate Splash
Neocate Formula Linked to Rickets, Low Blood Phosphate: Study
A 2017 study conducted by researchers at Yale University study found a link between infants and young children using Neocate and severe bone fractures thought to be the result of phosphate deficiencies (a condition known as hypophosphatemia or rickets). While in some cases these complications can be reversed by discontinuing Neocate in favor of alternative soy-based formulas, in some babies the multiple bone fractures resulted in permanent disfigurement.
Side Effects of Neocate
Serious side effects of Neocate formula include:
- Hypophosphatemia (electrolyte disturbance characterized by low blood phosphate serum levels)
- Bone fractures
- Other, bone-related diseases
- Allergic reactions
Other, less severe side effects may include:
- Hair loss
- Skin irritation
- Other physical problems
- And more
Has the Manufacturer Warned of Neocate Risks?
In March 2016, Nutricia issued a warning which stated that babies using Neocate as a primary or sole source of nutrition “should be routinely monitored by clinicians.” Our lawyers feel this warning is inadequate and does not mention the link between Neocate and hypophosphatemia / rickets, or the seriousness of these complications.
Rickets is a medical condition characterized by the softening and weakening of bones in children. Signs and symptoms include:
- Delayed growth
- Pain in the spine, pelvis and legs
- Muscle weakness
Vitamin D deficiency is the most commonly reported cause of rickets. However, diseases that cause soft bones in infants, including hypophosphatemia, can also lead to rickets.
How is Rickets Treated?
Unfortunately, rickets can take months or even years to recover from. Surgery may be needed in severe cases to repair bone deformities. Other complications, including chest / pelvic deformities and growth retardation, may be impossible to correct.
Can I File a Neocate Lawsuit?
Only a qualified attorney can determine whether you are eligible to file a lawsuit against Nutricia, the maker of Neocate, which is why we are currently offering free case evaluations. Simply fill out the confidential evaluation form below to contact our law firm now.
Most cases involving pharmaceuticals allege that a drug was sold with design, manufacturing, and/or marketing defects, which typically refers to a company’s failure to warn of a certain side effect. In the case of Neocate, our attorneys suspect that patients may be able to take legal action in light of claims that Nutricia failed to adequately warn doctors and patients about the risk of bone fractures and other serious potential complications.
Do I Have a Neocate Lawsuit?
The Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in neocate lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new bone fracture injury cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if your child or other loved one sustained a bone fracture or other serious injury from Neocate, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and we can help.