Contaminated Ultrasound Gel Seized by U.S. Marshals

U.S. Marshals have seized all stores of Other-Sonic Generic Ultrasound Transmission Gel at Pharmaceutical Innovations Inc.'s Newark, NJ warehouse. The seizure was undertaken at the request of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), after analysis discovered the product contained two dangerous strains of bacteria. Warnings have been issued to all health care providers to stop using the gel immediately.

The Other-Sonic gel, used to improve the transmission of ultrasound waves, was found to contain two dangerous bacterial strains: Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Klebsiella oxytoca. Exposure to Pseudomonas on the skin could cause patients to develop inflammatory dermatitis (itchy skin with raised bumps); if absorbed into tissue, Klebsiella can cause serious wound and bloodstream infections or even pneumonia.

The affected lots of gel were manufactured between June and December of 2011. Physicians and other health care providers have been asked to identify any patients that may have been exposed to the contaminated gel, so that they can be evaluated for symptoms.

Contaminations in supposedly sterile medical products can put patients at risk of serious infection. If you have gotten sick or been injured by a contaminated medical product like the Other-Sonic gel, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a personal injury attorney from Arnold & Itkin today for a free consultation regarding your case.


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