Since 2004, more than 150 Fleet Phospho-Soda lawsuits have been filed. Most of these cases involve kidney damage or heart problems that occurred within a few weeks of using the product. Plaintiffs allege that C.B. Fleet was negligent for promoting the double-dose of Phospho-Soda despite evidence that taking more than one dose in 24 hours could be deadly.
Need a Texas Fleet Phospho-Soda Lawyer? Collen A. Clark is a true advocate for his clients and is passionate about helping Texans that have been injured or wronged. If you or a loved one was injured by Fleet Phospho-Soda or a sodium phosphate enema, you should contact our lawyers immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit in Texas.
UPDATE: FDA Warning for Fleet Phospho-Soda
January 8, 2013 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a Drug Safety Communication about life-threatening heart and kidney side effects from taking more than one dose of sodium phosphate in 24 hours. Since 1969, the FDA has received 54 adverse event reports involving sodium phosphate, including 13 deaths.
What is Sodium Phosphate?
Sodium phosphate is a type of saline laxative that flushes out the intestines by causing a patient to lose fluid through bowel movements. Several over-the-counter sodium phosphate products are labeled for use as a laxative, including C.B. Fleet Phospho-Soda (recalled in 2008).
Prescription-only sodium phosphate products are used for bowel-cleansing before colonoscopies. These products include:
What is the problem with Fleet Phospho-Soda?
Fleet Phospho-Soda has been on the market since the 19th century, and it has a well-established safety record when taken at normal doses. However, during the 1990s, Fleet began to market higher doses of Phospho-Soda products for bowel-cleansing (enema) before a colonoscopy. They recommended that patients take a double-dose for it to work properly.
Over the next few years, dozens of people developed kidney damage. Numerous studies found that higher doses of Fleet Phospho-Soda could cause dehydration, electrolyte imbalances, heart problems, kidney damage, or even death. Despite these warning signs, C.B. Fleet did not warn consumers about its dangers or take it off the market.
FDA Warning Leads to Fleet Phospho-Soda Recall
In 2008, the FDA warned about the risk of acute phosphate nephropathy, an acute type of kidney injury, from sodium phosphate. The FDA recommended over-the-counter sodium phosphate should not be used for bowel cleansing before a colonoscopy. In December, C.B. Fleet voluntarily recalled Fleet Phospho Soda and Fleet Phospho-Soda EZ-Prep Bowel Cleansing System.
Fleet Enema Side Effects
- Acute phosphate nephropathy
- Kidney failure
- Acute colitis
- Electrolyte disturbances
- Cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat)
- Respiratory distress
- Bowel perforation
- Need for dialysis, surgery, or kidney transplant
- Permanent neurological defects
- Heart attack
- Congestive heart failure
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