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Similac® & Enfamil® Baby Formula Linked to Injuries and Deaths from NEC (Necrotizing Enterocolitis) in Premature and Low Birthweight Babies.

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Baby Formula Linked to NEC

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Why are the Makers of Similac & Enfamil being sued? The two types of baby formula most associated with NEC lawsuits include many Similac® and Enfamil® Brands (a detailed list below). Despite years of research (see Scientific article below) linking cow milk-based formula to NEC for premature infants, Abbott Laboratories and Mead Johnson Nutrition Company, the huge corporations that manufacture these popular baby formula brands, promoted them as safe for all infants. They even suggested their baby formula was superior to breast milk. However, they withheld important safety information from parents, hospitals, and medical providers about the possible severe side effects of  Similac® or Enfamil®. Side effects may require surgical intervention or result in death among preemies and low birthrate babies. 

          Your family may be entitled to compensation for your suffering, medical costs, lost wages,                   and more if your Baby was:

Born prematurely (34 gestational weeks or less)

Given Similac® or Enfamil® formula

Diagnosed with necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), and

Suffered wrongful infant death or had to undergo surgical intervention


Free Baby Formula Case Review

           The Advocate Law Group Network is evaluating potential Enfamil® and Similac® NEC lawsuit claims for people throughout the United States. We are handling all such cases on a contingency fee basis. You will pay nothing upfront to have the Advocate Law Group Network of lawyers and experts on baby formula at your side. We will only receive an attorney fee and recover our expenses after we help you and your family receive a settlement or lawsuit payout.

          The manufacturers of Enfamil® and Similac® learned about the severe risks posed by feeding their cow-milk-based baby formula to premature and low birth weight babies. Yet they continued to sell their products to unsuspecting parents and hospitals for years after they knew and hid the risks, generating huge profits at the expense of families like yours. They even claimed their cow’s milk formula was medically endorsed, similar to human breast milk, and just as safe. It was certainly NOT and caused grave harm and deaths to countless premature and low birthweight babies.

          To hold the manufacturers accountable and make them and their insurance companies pay all the compensation you, your Baby, and your family deserves, call us toll-free or complete the form for a free case review. Even if you’re not sure what type of formula was used, or it happened many years ago, contact Advocate Law Group today to see if you or your child’s claim may qualify.

          Our legal team is here to help and quickly respond to all inquiries and devote our formidable resources to securing fast and full justice for you, without any out-of-pocket costs.


The Relationship Between Cow's Milk-Based Formula and NEC has existed in the scientific community for some time.

         As far back as January 2017, an article published by the United States National Institute of Health (NIH) discussed the "Current Knowledge of Necrotizing Enterocolitis in Preterm Infants and the Impact of Different Types of Enteral Nutrition Products." In the abstract, the Authors wrote:

          "Preterm infants are extremely vulnerable to a range of morbidities and mortality. Underdeveloped cardiac, respiratory, gastrointestinal, and immune systems in the preterm period increase the risk of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a serious disease of the gut.

          NEC affects 5–12% of very–low birthweight infants, leads to surgery in 20–40% of cases, and is fatal in 25–50% of cases. There are multiple factors that may contribute to NEC, but the exact cause is not yet fully understood. Severe cases can result in intestinal resection or death, and the health care costs average >$300,000/infant when surgical management is required.

          Different types of nutrition may affect the onset or progression of NEC. Several studies have indicated that bovine milk–based infant formulas lead to a higher incidence of NEC in preterm infants than does human milk (HM). However, it is not clear why HM is linked to a lower incidence of NEC or why some infants fed an exclusively HM diet still develop NEC.

           An area that has not been thoroughly explored is the use of semi elemental or elemental formulas. These specialty formulas are easy to digest and absorb in the gut and may be an effective nutritional intervention for reducing the risk of NEC. This review summarizes what is known about the factors that contribute to the onset and progression of NEC, discusses its health care cost implications, and explores the impact that different formulas and HM have on this disease."

The full article can be found at the NIH website here: 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5227976/

Citation: Shulhan J, Dicken B, Hartling L, Larsen BM. Current Knowledge of Necrotizing Enterocolitis in Preterm Infants and the Impact of Different Types of Enteral Nutrition Products. Adv Nutr. 2017 Jan 17;8(1):80-91. doi: 10.3945/an.116.013193. PMID: 28096129; PMCID: PMC5227976.


Possible Symptoms of NEC (Necrotizing Enterocolitis)

Blood in the stool

Constipation

Fatigue

Feedings that stay in the stomach for prolonged periods

Ileus (interruption of intestinal movement and sounds)

Low heart rate or blood pressure

Low or unstable temperature

Tender or red abdomen

Trouble breathing such as slowed breathing or apnea (intermittent pauses in breathing)

Trouble feeding

Vomiting (especially green, bile-containing vomit)


Similac® Baby Formula

          Manufactured by Abbot Laboratories, the Similac Brand is used on a broad range of products. Not all Similac Brand products are involved in this lawsuit. Only those that are: (1) cow's milk-based in general, and (2)specifially those promoted for premature and low-weight infants that required supplemental feeding (i.e., Similac Neosure, Human Milk Fortifier and Special Care).

          Other cow's milk-based products, which may or may not be involved in current or future litigation,

include:

Similac® Alimentum

Similac® Alimentum Expert Care

Similac® Human Milk Fortifer Hydrolyzed Protein Concentrated Liquid

Similac® Human Milk Fortifier

Similac®Human Milk Fortifier Concentrated Liquid

Similac® Human Milk Fortifier Powder

Similac® Liquid Protein Fortifier

Similac® Special Care 20

Similac® Special Care 24

Similac® Special Care 24 High Protein

Similac® Special Care 30


Enfamil® Baby Formula

           The Enfamil® Brand is a competitor to Abbott Laboratories' Similac® Brand. It is manufactured by Mead Johnson, which is a unit of Reckitt, a British firm that claims to be home to the world's best-loved and trusted hygiene, health, and nutrition brands

            There is a wide range of Enfamil products, only some of which are cow's milk-based, which, when fed to premature or low-birthweight babies, can cause serious health issues and deaths. Milk-based Enfamil products include:

Enfacare® Powder

Enfamil® 24 and DHA & ARA Supplement

Enfamil® Human Milk Fortifier Acidified Liquid

Enfamil® Human Milk Fortifier Liquid High Protein

Enfamil® Human Milk Fortifier Powder

Enfamil® Milk Fortifier Liquid Standard Protein

Enfamil® NeuroPro Enfacare

Enfamil® Premature 20 Cal

Enfamil® Premature 24 Cal

Enfamil® Premature 24 Cal/fl oz HP

Enfamil® Premature 30 Cal


Are you and your Family eligible for compensation? Your Free Case Evaluation is only a phone call away.

          To hold the manufacturers accountable and make them and their insurance companies pay all the compensation you, your Baby, and your family deserves, call us toll-free or complete the form for a free case review. Even if you’re not sure what type of formula was used, or it happened many years ago, contact Advocate Law Group today to see if you or your child’s claim may qualify.

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