Our firm continues to investigate kidney failure cases caused by over-the-counter Fleet Phospho-soda and Fleet EZ Prep Bowel Cleansing System and prescription-based Visicol and Osmo Prep, oral sodium phosphates used for bowel cleansing as preparation for a colonoscopy or other surgical procedures. On December 11, 2008, due to increased reports that these products were causing consumers to suffer acute phosphate nephropathy, the Food and Drug Administration ordered Salix Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the manufacturer of Osmo Prep and Visicol, to include a Black Box Warning, the most serious warning, in its Visicol and Osmo Prep prescription labels and prescribing information. Also on December 11, 2008, the Food and Drug Administration issued a Safety Alert that over-the-counter oral sodium phosphate-based bowel cleansers should not be used by consumers. As a result of the Safety Alert, C.B. Fleet recalled its Fleet Phospho-soda and Fleet EZ Prep Bowel Cleansing System.
Acute phosphate nephropathy is a serious form of acute kidney injury that is associated with deposits of calcium-phosphate crystals in the renal tubules, potentially resulting in permanent renal function impairment and often requiring permanent dialysis or kidney transplant. The diagnosis is typically made by a biopsy of the kidney which reveals nephrocalcinosis – diffuse tubular injury with calcium phosphate crystal deposits.
All Fleet oral sodium phosphate cases have now been consolidated in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. C.B. Fleet has been working diligently with Plaintiffs’ attorneys to construct a settlement matrix to compensate confirmed acute phosphate nephropathy cases caused by Fleet products. Our firm has numerous Fleet cases pending in the Northern District of Ohio, and we continue to evaluate kidney failure cases caused by Fleet products.
Lawyers in our Mass Torts Section are also investigating numerous Visicol and Osmo Prep injury cases. We are working with a consortium of lawyers across the United States to investigate and litigate these cases. If you need more information on these cases, contact Roger Smith, a lawyer in our Mass Torts Section, at 800-898-2034 or by email Roger.Smith@beasleyallen.com.
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