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Docusate Sodium Lawsuit

Docusate Sodium Lawsuit

Liquid docusate sodium laxatives have been linked to an outbreak of B. cepacia infections. After one product was recalled, health experts warned against using any liquid docusate for any medical purpose.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

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

Overview

Docusate sodium is a laxative that softens stools and treats occasional constipation. Liquid docusate is commonly given to hospitalized patients who are recovering from surgery or a heart attack, when straining to have a bowel movement would be dangerous.

Diocto Liquid Stool Softener Recall

PharmaTech LLC recalled Rugby® Diocto Liquid Stool Softener in July 2016 after it was linked to an outbreak of infections. Two unopened bottle of the product tested positive for the the bacteria B. cepacia, according to the FDA. Other brands of liquid docusate sodium were also linked to adverse events.

Laxatives Linked to Infection Outbreak

The outbreak has infected at least 60 people in eight states who were given liquid docusate sodium. Most of the victims were patients on mechanical ventilators in the intensive care unit, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

B. Cepacia Infections

Burkholderia cepacia is a gram-negative bacteria that is common in soil and moist environments. Infections in healthy adults are very rare. It mostly causes opportunistic infections in very sick people, especially those who use mechanical ventilators or catheters. Infections have a 42% mortality-rate because they innately resist antibiotics.

What Do Experts Recommend?

The FDA and CDC recommend against using any liquid docusate sodium product in any patients for any medical purpose. Oral tablets and enemas are not affected. According to the FDA:

“Using these products in a patient whose immune system is compromised could result in infections, which may be life-threatening.”

List of Docusate Sodium Products

  • Aqualax
  • Calube
  • Colace
  • Colace Micro-Enema
  • Correctol Softgel Extra Gentle
  • DC-240
  • Dialose
  • Diocto
  • Dioctocal
  • Dioctosoftez
  • Dioctyn
  • Dionex
  • Doc-Q-Lace
  • Docu Soft
  • Docucal
  • Doculax
  • Docusoft S
  • DOK
  • DOS
  • Doss-Relief
  • DSS
  • Dulcolax – Stool Softener (not to be confused with another drug marketed under the Dulcolax brand, bisacodyl, which is a stimulant laxative)
  • Ex-Lax Stool Softener
  • Fleet Sof-Lax
  • Genasoft
  • Kasof
  • Laxa-basic
  • Modane Soft
  • Octycine-100
  • Pedia-Lax
  • Preferred Plus Pharmacy Stool Softener
  • Regulax SS
  • Sulfalax Calcium
  • Sur-Q-Lax
  • Surfak Stool Softener
  • Therevac-SB.

Do I have a Docusate Sodium Lawsuit?

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

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