A nationwide recall of 32 children’s medicines due to possible microbial contamination has many parents concerned. Safety concerns related to infant and children’s products are taken extremely seriously, and when a recall is issued, parents need to know how to keep their families safe. Read on to learn more about the recall, why microbial contamination is dangerous, what you should do if you have one of the recalled products, and what you can do if your child is harmed by a dangerous or defective product.
32 Children’s Medicines Recalled after Possible Microbial Contamination
In August 2018, manufacturer King Bio announced a voluntary recall of 32 products designed for infants and children. The 32 products recalled are all distributed under the name “Dr. King’s Natural Medicine” and are considered homeopathic alternatives to traditional medicines.
The report from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that certain lots of the products tested positive for microbial contamination, and out of “an abundance of caution”, a voluntary recall was initiated. According to reports, the products identified as being potentially contaminated were sold between August 2017 and April 2018.
The type of microbial contaminant found was not disclosed, though it was noted that bacteria and viruses both are classified as microbial contaminants. This recall is the second for King Bio, but is more concerning because it focuses on products designed for infants and children. Overall, the recalls include hundreds of products designed for adults, children, and even pets.
Infant and children’s products included in the recall includes the following popular products:
- Chicken Pox Symptom Relief
- Children’s Cough Relief
- Children’s Fever Reducer
- DK Newborn Tonic
- Children’s Ear Relief Formula
- DK Teething
- DK Colic Relief
- Kids Multi-Strain Flu Relief
- Kids Sleep Aid
- Kids Stress & Anxiety
- Kids Attention & Learning
- Kids Candida (4 oz)
- Tummy Aches
This list is not exhaustive, and consumers are urged to read the full report and recall list found on the Dr. King’s website. To learn more about recalled products and your legal rights as a consumer, contact Brown & Brothers to speak with our team about your concerns and options.
What to do if you Have Purchased a Recalled Product
Exposure to microbial contamination could have a detrimental impact on a child’s health, including increased risk of infection. Some infections resulting from microbial contamination could be life-threatening for certain individuals, including children, individuals with compromised immune systems, and pregnant women.
Consumers who have purchased a now recalled product are urged to stop using the product immediately. Anyone who suspects that they or their child have been harmed by the product should contact their healthcare provider and file an adverse event report with the FDA. So far, no reports of injury or illness have been reported.
King Bio is offering consumers the option of returning the product, or arranging a replacement. You can find their contact information and a form for returns on their website.
What to do if your Child has Been Harmed by a Dangerous or Defective Product
The FDA and other regulatory agencies have been working diligently over the past several years to address concerns about the safety and effectiveness of homeopathic medicines. FDA Commissioner, Scot Gottlieb, has expressed concern that some homeopathic medicines may not offer any real benefit, or in fact, may actually cause harm. The FDA has been working to advance their regulatory and enforcement actions related to certain homeopathic products.
In recent years, homeopathic products have gained tremendous popularity. Unfortunately, these products can sometimes be contaminated or defective, or may be an inappropriate alternative to traditional medicine, which can make them dangerous for consumers. If you or your child have been harmed by a dangerous or defective product, it is important to consider your legal rights, as well as your health.
Sometimes harm caused by homeopathic products are the result of the manufacturing process, such as the microbial contamination discussed above. In other cases, harm may be caused by a healthcare provider inappropriately ordering or suggesting a homeopathic alternative to traditional medicine that does not adequately address symptoms or a diagnosed health condition.
In either of these cases, if you or your child have been harmed by a dangerous or defective product, or by the inappropriate actions of a healthcare provider, contact Brown & Brothers to speak with one of our medical malpractice attorneys about your legal rights. When it comes to healthcare and your legal rights, you need an attorney who has experience managing complex cases.
At Brown & Brothers, we offer knowledge, experience, and an assortment of valuable resources to help your case succeed. To get started, fill out our online form, or call us toll free at 877-415-6603.