British pharmaceutical company fined for contaminated baby food – The Citizen

A British pharmaceutical company was fined over £ 1 million on Friday for supplying contaminated feed for premature babies and potentially causing “serious harm”.

Nineteen children were infected in nine hospitals in England after receiving a contaminated batch of ITH Pharma “total parenteral nutrition“.

They had received all of the fluid directly into their bloodstream because they were unable to feed on their own.

Three of the children died later, although Southwark Crown Court in South London was told the deaths were not related to contaminated feed or caused by the company.

But Judge Deborah Taylor said that in one death of a premature twin, the company’s trials risked “serious harm and / or death.”

London Metropolitan Police launched an investigation in 2014 after the three children died and 20 others needed treatment when they contracted sepsis.

The force said ITH Pharma was fined £ 1.2 million ($ 1.5 million, € 1.4 million) after pleading guilty to three offenses in a previous hearing.

The company admitted one charge of failing to carry out an adequate and sufficient risk assessment and two of supplying a medicine “not of the nature or quality specified in the prescription”.

Chief Investigative Inspector Richard Leonard, who conducted the investigation, paid tribute to the families of those affected.

“We praise their courage and dignity in coming to court and reliving their most difficult times,” he said in a statement.

“We hope they can take comfort in the fact that the criminal proceedings have now ended.”

ITH Pharma, which provides the State National Health Service, said it extended its sympathies to the families of those affected and accepted the court sanction.

A spokesperson called the events of May 2014 “quite exceptional”.

“Since 2008, parenteral nutrition manufactured by ITH has helped many tens of thousands of the most vulnerable babies to survive premature and complex births.”

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