Recalled Fleet OSP Colonoscopy Products Prompt Kidney Injury Lawsuits

The C.B. Fleet Company, Inc. and the C.B. Fleet Holding Company, Inc. manufactured oral sodium phosphate (OSP) products which were primarily used in preparation for a colonoscopy procedure. However, those products were recalled in December of 2008 after the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) received numerous complaints of kidney injuries – which has resulted in kidney injury lawsuits against Fleet across the nation.

Did Fleet promote double dosages?

That's what many oral sodium phosphate injury attorneys such as Dan Thornburgh, a Florida attorney whose practice represents those injured by dangerous and defective products, allege. In a recent interview, Thornburgh told us:

Prior to undergoing a colonoscopy procedure, patients are often asked to drink a solution. There are various types of these products such as Fleet EZ Prep, Fleet Accu-Prep and Fleet Oral Sodium Phosphate. Although these products have been around for a long time, there has been controversy about the manufacturer telling doctors that double dosages of the drugs should be used before a colonoscopy procedure.

The FDA only approved 45ml of Oral Phosphate Soda in a 24 hour period. However, we allege that the company began promoting double the approved dose within the same time period. As a result of the off label promotion, more people began suffering from kidney injuries within just a few days of using a Fleet product.

The FDA received complaints of acute kidney injury and kidney failure occurring within days of a patients colonoscopy and use of a Fleet product, according to Thornburgh, who says that as a result, Fleet products were subject to a black box warning and ultimately recalled in December 2008.

Kidney injuries and their symptoms

Acute phosphate nephropathy (APN), a sudden injury to the kidney, is only one of the serious injuries associated with the Fleet Oral Phosphate Soda and can occur within days of using the product. Thornburgh explained the many symptoms of kidney injury:

Symptoms of kidney injury include abdominal pain, decreased urine volume, diarrhea, difficulty concentrating, edema, fatigue, lethargy, nausea, a metallic taste in the mouth and others. People who aren't being diagnosed with acute renal injury, but have some of the above symptoms, should contact their doctor and let them know about those symptoms immediately – as kidney damage can lead to kidney failure, kidney transplant and even death.