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Baby feed claims

The product liability team at Leigh Day is representing the mother of a child who developed blood poisoning following administration of a contaminated batch of liquid feed. 

In June 2014, 23 babies throughout the UK became very ill following administration of liquid feed manufactured by ITH Pharma Limited. Sadly, 3 of the affected babies subsequently died. 

The infants were in neonatal intensive care units in six different hospitals around the UK. Most were premature and very vulnerable.

It is reported all the affected babies were given nutritional fluids (known as ‘TPN’) into the bloodstream via a drip and the particular batch of TPN used was contaminated with Bacillus cereus, which can cause septicaemia if it gets into the bloodstream.

A subsequent investigation by the MHRA reported that there was sufficient scientific evidence to indicate that the contamination was introduced into the liquid feed during manufacture in a sterile manufacturing area at ITH Pharma on 27 May 2014.

Under the Consumer Protection Act, individuals can claim compensation for personal injuries from a manufacturer of a product where the safety of that product is not such as persons are generally entitled to expect. 

Leigh Day is unique in the size of its large and growing team dedicated to product liability and is ranked as the No. 1 firm in this field by the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners legal directories. The team has extensive experience of bringing compensation claims against big pharmaceutical companies and manufacturers of medical devices. 

If your child was affected by this incident and would like to speak to one of our specialist product liability lawyers, please contact Brian McFerran on 020 7650 1335 for a free and confidential initial discussion about your potential claim.

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