B. Braun Medical, Inc., based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, initiated a voluntary nationwide recall for its product known as Normal Saline Flush syringes. The reason that B. Braun, Inc. decided to take this step is because customer complaints spurned an investigation into the product, and this investigation revealed that there is in fact a contaminant present in all units within the lot whose label ends with the letters “SFR.”
According to the FDA’s press release issued in conjunction with B. Braun, Inc., there are two side effects of which to be wary – one is more likely to occur and the other is not altogether likely, but still possible. Regardless of which side effect that takes hold, each of them are considered extremely serious conditions.
The first side effect linked to this contaminant is phlebitis and/or damage to vital organs such as the brain, kidneys, heart and lungs. Phlebitis is an inflammation of a blood vessel or vessels, and this can lead to other serious circulatory problems, including damage to organs.
The second and less likely side effect that could occur is a pulmonary embolism or silicone embolism syndrome, which could cause severe injury and/or death. Pulmonary embolisms are blockages of a pulmonary artery, which can lead to heart problems and/or strokes.
If you have used this product, there are several symptoms that will generally present themselves early in the process, usually within 24-48 hours within use of the contaminated product. These symptoms include pain or redness in the injected area, swelling in the same area and/or a hardening of the vein normally used in injections. Symptoms for pulmonary embolisms are much more severe, including shortness of breath, fainting, severe chest pains and difficulty breathing in general.
Can I file a lawsuit if I have suffered damages from taking Normal Saline Flush Syringes?
Possibly. While all medications have certain, anticipated side effects, a drug manufacturer has a duty to inform physicians adequately regarding the known risks associated with its drugs. If a manufacturer fails to do so, it can be held responsible to patients who are injured as the result of inadequate warnings, under a legal theory known as “product liability.” Depending upon the particular circumstances of your case, damages may include recovery for any of the following:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Emotional distress
If you or a loved one has experienced any health problems while taking Normal Saline Flush Syringes, you should contact your doctor immediately. You may also wish to contact an experienced Normal Saline Flush Syringes lawyer to discuss your legal options. As all legal claims are subject to time limits, however, you may risk forfeiture of your right to financial compensation if you delay.