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The SimplyThick Infant Formula Experiment Continues

SimplyThick necrotizing enterocolitis medical alerts were last issued in September 2012. In spite of these health risk notifications SimplyThick remains a marketed infant product.  SimplyThick usage has been associated with nine U. S. infant deaths and multiple necrotizing enterocolitis incidents.

Health Canada has also reported SimplyThick necrotizing enterocolitis occurrences.  SimplyThick was exported to Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Ecuador, Panama, Barbados, Cayman Islands and Italy.

The John L. Holahan designed xanthan gum product entered neonatal intensive care units in 2003. In addition to hospital facilities, Mr. Holahan has SimplyThick contracts with nursing home centers, home health agencies, state Medicaid agencies and the V.A.

SimplyThick reports:

FDA Findings: Xanthan Gum Primary Source of Bacterial Endotoxins

John L. Holahan Issues SimplyThick® Necrotizing Enterocolitis Advisory

Warning Too Late for Some InfantsThe New York Times

SimplyThick Neonatal Intensive Care Practices

FDA "SimplyThick"  Infant Health Risk Warnings are Complicated

Thermo Pac, LLC—SimplyThick— Processing Deficiencies

Infant— SimplyThick—Alert: Health Canada October 18, 2012

John L. Holahan—SimplyThick—Xanthan Gum—Necrotizing Enterocolitis

John L. Holahan: Burdock Group SimplyThick Safe for Infant Formula Approval  2001

SimplyThick Infant Formula Experiment

Jeannette Cooperman's June 2013 article provides an update on the SimplyThick case.

Simply Thick: A Tragedy No One Saw Coming

As Ms. Cooperman notes:

In February of this year, after the FDA had issued two warnings and published a paper in a medical journal and The New York Times had written about the issue, we called one of SimplyThick’s local distributors. “Oh, it’s a wonderful product. The beauty of it is, you don’t smell it or taste it,” a dietitian said. “Oh yeah, we have several children on it. There are some babies. We’ve had children and babies on it. We always keep it in stock.

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  •  Evil of them-I remember this product warning (2+ / 0-)

    but had thought it had been "recalled" ie stopped manufacturing.

    But then, the warning was only about use in premature babies, iirc. Of course, it is the premature babies that have a higher prevalence of conditions in which Simply Thick is used.

    At the time I first heard about this, a was caring for a child with a disability/developmental delay, who was born prematurely. She was fed by tube and had acid reflux (it all came up, which endangers the lungs if people breathe it in) so we "weighted down" the formula with this product.

    We were horrified to find out we had been endangering her in using this product. She was in the exact demographic that had gotten ill or died. We stopped using it immediately, of course.

    Interestingly, the parents had bought a case of Simply Thick and had quite a bit of trouble returning it to the company. Daddy, however, happened to be a medical malpractice lawyer so a letter on his firm's stationary greased the wheels on that.

    I'm appalled this is still marketed as if it were suitable for babies. It reminds me of the Nestle infant formula of decades ago--it lacked certain nutrient(s) iirc so as an exclusive diet, which is normal for babies under six months, they'd end up ill or dead with a nutritional deficiency. The product had been discontinued iirc in the US but was still marketed in other countries.

    Capitalism unchecked has its evils.

    •  Your rec of this diarist's tip jar? (1+ / 0-)
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      It's got a massive breach of copyright law and fair use standards. However interesting or important the subject is, are you wanting to endorse that?

      “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

      by Catte Nappe on Mon Sep 02, 2013 at 05:56:23 PM PDT

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      •  I am ignorant of those things (0+ / 0-)

        I am sure you have a point. Don't get nasty on me please about that admission.

        I am sure you understand I was coming from a place thinking of an actual, breathing child I often held in my own arms who's life was threatened by this product...and now I find out they are selling it for other vulnerable children to consume and possibly be harmed.

        •  ie I no nothing of copyright law or (0+ / 0-)

          "fair use standards".

          When the public boycotted Nestle for marketing a product harmful to infants to third world countries while it was taken of the market here, this seemingly wasn't a concern. But the internet didn't exist then.

          We discuss and boycott companies who do harm, it seems to me, quite often so this did not stick out as any different.

          •  ugh...KNOW nothing. Tired (0+ / 0-)
          •  I have provided links re copyright/fair use (0+ / 0-)

            In my comment to the diarist. You will find good information at either or both. Short version - it is illegal to copy other's work, even if you credit the source. Exception is made for "fair use", which allows you to copy a small portion of the work under certain circumstances. Daily Kos can be legally liable for failure to follow these laws and guidelines.

            “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

            by Catte Nappe on Tue Sep 03, 2013 at 07:39:57 AM PDT

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  •  HUGE copyright violation! (2+ / 0-)
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    It appears you have copied the entirety of the very long St. Louis Magazine article. This is a clear violation of copyright and fair use that puts this site in legal jeopardy. Will remove my HR if you cut it down substantially. Really substantially.

    If you aren't sure how to comply with Fair Use, this recent diary may help
    and in a recent post on site rules, Kos recommended this

    “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

    by Catte Nappe on Mon Sep 02, 2013 at 05:31:11 PM PDT

  •  First, copyright violation. Second, it (2+ / 0-)
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    seems to be a general problem with thickeners used in preem babies not so much with this particular one.

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