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King Bio recalled 32 of its children's medicines after a small percentage of the items tested positive for microbial contamination. This isn't King Bio's first rodeo on the recall circuit. The company voluntarily recalled other products due to microbial contamination earlier this year, including one product for baby teething soother, another for yeast infections, and also a product to help with discomfort in the lymphatic system.
Which King Bio Medicines Are on the Recall List?
A list of the recalled drugs is on the United States Food and Drug Administration website along with the UPC and LOT numbers. According to the company, "the use of drugs products with microbial contamination could potentially result in increased infections that may require medical intervention, and could result in infections that could be life threatening to certain individuals." All of the medicines were in 2 ounce bottles, and manufactured between August 2017 and April 2018. To date, there have been no reported illnesses associated with this recall. However, King Bio is moving forward "out of an abundance of caution".
Pharmaceutical Product Liability -- Big Money for Big Pharma
Defectively manufactured pharmaceutical drugs, such as these contaminated drugs, can lead to product liability lawsuits. Manufacturers are often held to strict liability standards, meaning the burden shifts to them to prove that an injury didn't happen from their contaminated medicines. Jury awards can get quite high in these cases, as plaintiffs are able to recover medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and even punitive damages. In 2010, GlaxoSmithKline agreed to pay $750 million in fines and damages over drugs manufactured in a plant they knew to be contaminated.
If you or your loved ones experience adverse reactions from the recalled medicines, or any medicine, contact a local drugs and medical devices lawyer near you, who can listen to your situation, and advise you on how to proceed to get the best outcome.