The parents of an infant in Texas who died after taking SimplyThick has filed a wrongful death claim against the manufacturer.
Simply Thick is a thickening agent which is added to either breast milk or formula, in order to assist infants in swallowing. On May 20, 2010, the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning that Simply Thick may cause necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), if fed to premature infants. NEC is a life-threatening condition characterized by the inflammation and death of intestinal tissue. The thickening gel should not be given to infants born before 37 weeks gestation who are currently receiving hospital care, or by those who have been discharged from the hospital within the past 30 days.
A year later, on June 4, 2011, Simply Thick, LLC voluntarily recalled its thickening gel, manufactured at the Stone Mountain, Georgia plant. At that time, the FDA was aware of fifteen cases in which premature infants who were fed Simply Thick developed NEC. These fifteen cases, sadly, included two deaths.
Simply Thick lawsuits claim that this company knew – or should have known – that this product could cause harm to premature babies. Thankfully, I do not think we are talking about a large number of cases. But one death of an infant is one too many.
As of today, Simply Thick is again shipping of its product in limited quantities. The company, cautions, however, that it is still NOT to be fed to premature infants, and has been labeled as such.