Premature and low birth weight newborns often have trouble nursing or need extra nutrition to address a myriad of medical conditions. Parents may turn to formula to supplement their premature baby’s nutrition. When they do, they have the right to expect the formula is safe. Tragically, milk-based infant formulas by Similac and Enfamil, which were designed specifically for premature infants, have been linked to a deadly condition.
These high-calorie, cow’s milk-based products are allegedly putting infants at an increased risk of developing a gastrointestinal disorder called necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), which inflames and kills intestinal tissue. Abbott Laboratories, the maker of Similac, and Mead Johnson & Company, the maker of Enfamil, have included no warnings on the products’ labels regarding the potential risks of a premature baby developing NEC.
The Danger of Necrotizing Enterocolitis
Necrotizing enterocolitis causes intestinal tissue to die, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Holes can also develop in the intestine, allowing bacteria to leak into the baby’s abdomen. NEC may lead to additional serious health problems, including:
- Abdominal infection called peritonitis
- Intestinal stricture, or narrowing of the intestines
- Short bowel syndrome, which makes it hard for the body to absorb fluids and nutrients
Many of the effects of NEC require surgery to attempt to repair the damage done to a baby’s abdomen and intestine. If the condition is not fatal, infants may also suffer from growth failure and neurodevelopmental issues.
Symptoms of NEC include:
- Abdominal pain and swelling
- Diarrhea with bloody stool
- Green or yellow vomit
- Changes in heart rate and blood pressure
- Changes in body temperature and breathing
- Refusing to eat
- Lack of weight gain
Tragically, premature babies have suffered severe injuries or died after ingesting cow’s milk-based formula—and their parents were never warned of the risks. Several parents have filed lawsuits against Abbott Laboratories and Mead Johnson & Company to seek justice for the harm done to their children.
If your baby was fed cow’s milk-based formula, suffered abdominal injuries, and was diagnosed with NEC the experienced attorneys at Anapol Weiss can help you get answers. We welcome you to call our firm at (866) 670-4704 for a free, confidential consultation. There is no obligation when you contact us.
Studies Link Infant Formula to Necrotising Enterocolitis
In 2019, Cochrane reviewed all evidence available from clinical trials that compared formula versus donor breast milk for feeding preterm or low birth weight infants. Cochrane’s analysis of 12 completed trials, which involved 1,871 babies, found that feeding preterm infants with formula nearly doubles their risk of developing necrotising enterocolitis.
Anapol Weiss Is Conducting a Legal Investigation
Anapol Weiss has been at the forefront of many major lawsuits against manufacturers that allowed their products to harm people. Our firm is currently performing a legal investigation into several cow’s milk-based infant formulas, their ties to an increased risk of NEC, and their manufacturers’ failure to warn of the risks. Specifically, our investigation team is looking into:
- Similac Special Care, made by Abbott Laboratories
- Enfamil Human Milk Fortifier, made by Mead Johnson & Company
- Enfamil NeuroPro EnfaCare Infant Formula, made by Mead Johnson & Company
Abbott Laboratories and Mead Johnson & Company did not provide any warnings with their products of the increased risk of necrotizing enterocolitis in premature infants. Likewise, they failed to provide physicians with guidance on the risk of NEC which prevented doctors from determining whether a safer alternative should be used.
Anapol Weiss has prevailed in litigation against many national corporations, some of which include:
- General Motors
- Janssen Pharmaceutical, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson
- Merck & Co.
Our firm has the resources to investigate and stand up to Abbott Laboratories and Mead Johnson & Company over their failure to prevent infant injury and death from the use of some of their formulas.
If your baby was fed cow’s milk-based formula and suffered from necrotizing enterocolitis, the experienced attorneys at Anapol Weiss can help you get answers. Call our firm at (866) 670-4704 for a free, confidential consultation. There is no obligation when you contact us. We will be able to explain your legal rights and the next steps toward holding the manufacturers accountable for the preventable devastation your family has suffered.