$60M Verdict: Enfamil and Similac Linked to NEC in Preemies

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Jury verdict sends strong message that baby formula is linked to NEC.

Every parent dreams of a healthy baby, but for families with premature infants, concerns run even deeper.  If your preemie battled Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) after being fed formula, a recent Illinois jury verdict may offer a glimmer of hope.

$60 million jury award offers precedent

In March 2024, a jury awarded $60 million to the mother of a preemie who tragically died from NEC after being fed Enfamil formula. This verdict marks the first of hundreds of lawsuits currently underway alleging a link between popular baby formulas like Enfamil (made by Reckitt Benckiser) and Similac (made by Abbott Laboratories) and the development of NEC in premature infants.

What is NEC and how does it affect preemies?

NEC is a devastating gastrointestinal illness that primarily strikes premature babies.  With a mortality rate of around 50%, NEC causes inflammation and damage to the intestines, leading to serious complications like:

  • Perforations (holes) in the intestines
  • Intestinal scarring and strictures (narrowed passageways)
  • Short bowel syndrome (difficulty absorbing nutrients)
  • Sepsis (life-threatening infection)
  • Cerebral palsy and other neurological issues
  • Death

Did formula manufacturers put profits over safety?

Lawsuits allege that Abbott and Mead Johnson, the makers of Similac and Enfamil respectively, not only knew of the potential NEC risks associated with their formulas but actively downplayed them. Accusations include:

  • Misleading Marketing: Aggressive campaigns touted these formulas as safe and even superior to breast milk, potentially undermining breastfeeding confidence.

  • Hidden Knowledge: Internal documents suggest companies were aware of NEC risks during development but failed to disclose them to regulators or healthcare professionals.

  • Lax Regulations: Unlike medications, baby formula is classified as food, allowing it to bypass rigorous FDA approval processes.

Were you impacted? Here's what you can do

If your premature infant developed NEC after consuming Similac or Enfamil formula, you may be eligible to take legal action. Here are resources to help you learn more:

  • Explore legal resources: Several legal firms are currently investigating NEC claims. You can get a free case review by an experienced attorney for your specific situation.

  • Spread awareness: Share this article with friends and family who may have been impacted by NEC.

The safety of our most vulnerable children should never be compromised. By staying informed and taking action, we can help ensure that formula manufacturers prioritize the health of premature infants over profits

While Injury Claims can't provide legal advice, we are committed to consumer awareness and education on important issues. We encourage you to explore the resources provided and make informed decisions for the well-being of your child.



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