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B. Cepacia Lawsuit

B. Cepacia Lawsuit

Outbreaks of the antibiotic-resistant bacteria B. cepacia have been linked to antiseptic wipes, liquid stool softener, and many other medicines and medical devices.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting B. Cepacia induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been infected, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Product Liability Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

B. Cepacia Infection Outbreaks

Comfort Shield® Barrier Cream Cloth Recall

Sage Products issued a massive recall for wipes that might be contaminated with B. cepacia. The products are mostly wipes used on patients with incontinence, including Comfort Shield® Barrier Cream Cloths.

The FDA issued the following Safety Warning:

“Topical administration of a product with B. cepacia may cause serious infections in patients whose bodies cannot fight disease or in hospitalized patients, as well as certain other patient groups. These infections could be life-threatening.”

Diocto Liquid Stool Softener Recall

August 2016 — Health officials are warning hospitals and patients not to use any brand of liquid docusate sodium laxatives after an outbreak of B. cepacia.

Diocto Liquid Stool Softener was recalled after it was linked to an outbreak of B. cepacia that infected at least 60 people in eight states. The product was sold under the Rugby® brand-name by PharmaTech, LLC in 1-pint (437 mL) bottles.

What is B. Cepacia?

Burkholderia cepacia or “B. cepacia complex” is a group of bacteria that are commonly found in soil and water.

What is the problem?

Infections with B. cepacia resist most antibiotics and have a 42% mortality rate. Healthy adults are rarely infected. It typically infects hospitalized patients with weak immune systems, especially those on ventilators or other invasive medical devices.

How Does B. Cepacia Spread?

  • Person-to-person contact
  • Contaminated medicines or medical devices
  • Environmental exposure (soil, water, plants)
  • Breathing tubes
  • Dirty surfaces

Symptoms of B. Cepacia Infection

B. cepacia can infect the skin, soft-tissues, surgical wounds, genitourinary tract, lungs, and more. The symptoms depend on where the infection is located. In patients with cystic fibrosis, lung infections may cause:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Congestion
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing

Do I have a B. Cepacia Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting B. Cepacia induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been infected, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Product Liability Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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