For the second time in less than a year, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning to avoid liquid drug products made at Davie company PharmaTech after discovering Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia) contamination in the products.
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What’s the Problem?
August 16, 2017 – Thursday’s announcement detailed a sweeping, all-lots all-expiration date recall of 22 over the counter (OTC) liquid medications made by PharmaTech.
This action comes on the heels of Rugby Laboratories’ recall of Diocto liquid and Diocto syrup over potential B. cepacia contamination.
“Centers for Disease Control and Prevention laboratory testing of PharmaTech’s oral liquid docusate detected a strain of B. cepacia bacteria linked to recent patient infections,” FDA said. “Therefore, FDA recommends health care professionals and patients not use PharmaTech’s liquid drug products.”
FDA in October found B. cepacia in the water system PharmaTech used to manufacture its liquid drug products. Both the FDA and CDC concluded that PharmaTech was the likely source of the multi-state B. cepacia outbreak.
B. cepacia are a group of bacteria commonly found in soil and water, many serotypes of which are resistant to antibiotics.
“B. cepacia poses little medical risk to healthy people,” according to the CDC. “However, people who have certain health problems like weakened immune systems or chronic lung diseases, particularly cystic fibrosis, may be more susceptible to infections with B. cepacia.”
The recall affects the following medications:
Leader Brand Recall
- Liquid Multivitamin Supplement for Infants and Toddlers and Liquid Vitamin D Supplement for Breastfed Infants.
Major Pharmaceuticals Recall
- Certa Vite Liquid
- Poly Vita Drops
- Poly Vita Drops With Iron\
- Ferrous Drops Iron Supplement
- D-Vita Drops
- Tri-Vita Drops
- Senna Syrup
Rugby Laboratories Recall
- C Liquid
- Diocto Liquid
- Ferrous Sulfate
- Fer Iron Liquid
- Diocto Syrup
- Aller Chlor Syrup
- Cerovite Liquid
- D3 400iu Liquid
- Poly-Vitamin Liquid
- Tri-Vitamin Liquid
- Poly Vitamin with Iron Liquid
FDA cautions that it may be difficult to tell who made some of these products because they are not labeled with anything that says PharmaTech. The agency is advising healthcare facilities and pharmacies that think they might have liquid PharmaTech drug products to check with their supplier to determine the identity of the manufacturer.
Do I have a B. Cepacia Lawsuit?
The Pharmaceutical 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 got a B. cepacia infection from Diocto liquid or Diocto syrup, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.