Stool Softener Recalled Due to Possible Life-Threatening Infection

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The FDA has issued a recall of certain docusate sodium solutions, used as stool softeners, due to a risk of product contamination with Burkholderia cepacia, resulting in serious, potentially life-threatening, infections.  Patients with compromised immune systems and patients with chronic lung conditions, such as cystic fibrosis, are particularly at risk of serious and fatal infections as a result of oral use of docusate sodium solutions. To date, CDC has confirmed 53 cases of Burkholderia cepacia complex (also known as “B. cepacia complex”) in 5 states.

PharmaTech LLC of Davie, Florida, the manufacturer of the Rugby® branded product Diocto Liquid is voluntarily recalling its product. Diocto Liquid was distributed nationwide to wholesale and retail facilities, including hospitals and pharmacies.

Both the FDA and CDC continue to recommend that clinicians and patients not use any liquid docusate sodium product as a stool softener or for any other medical purposes.

If you or a loved one recently used a docusate sodium solution and contracted an infection afterwards, contact our office online or call us today at 855.327.7529 to discuss your case with an experienced lawyer.

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