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.
Infant— SimplyThick—Alert: Health Canada October 18, 2012
Jeannette Cooperman's June 2013 article provides an update on the SimplyThick case.
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.