Parents are filing baby formula lawsuits against the manufacturers of Enfamil and Similac on behalf of their premature babies who were fed cow’s milk-based formula products and subsequently developed gastrointestinal injuries.
As far back as 1990, scientific studies have noted the increased risk of formula-fed premature infants developing Necrotizing Enterocolitis (“NEC”). NEC is a serious and often fatal condition that causes intestinal tissue inflammation, death, and perforation. Some studies estimate that as many as fifty percent (50%) of NEC cases in premature infants result in death. In 2012, the American Academy of Pediatrics announced that premature babies should only be fed human milk due to the risk of developing NEC after ingesting cow’s milk-based formulas.
Abbott Laboratories (Similac) and Mead Johnson (Enfamil) currently manufacture the majority of premature cow’s milk based infant formulas on the market. These formulas are currently promoted as safe, despite the years of research linking the use of cow’s milk-based formulas to the diagnosis of NEC in premature infants. The manufacturers have not placed a warning on their products to alert the public about the increased risk of NEC when a premature infant is fed their formula.
Abbott and Mead Johnson also manufacture products intended to be added to breast milk called ‘Human Milk Fortifiers.’ The branding of these products suggests that they are derived from breast milk, but they are actually cow’s milk-based products.
If your child was premature and suffered from Necrotizing Enterocolitis as a result of ingesting cow’s milk-based formula or fortifiers, please Contact Johnson Law Group to receive a complimentary consultation. We intend to hold these companies accountable for their failure to warn you about the potential risks that their products posed to your infant.