Neocate Formula Lawsuit

A recent study has linked Neocate formula to rickets, low phosphate levels, and unexplained bone fractures. You may be able to file a Neocate Formula Lawsuit if your child was diagnosed with hypophosphatemia,  unexplained bone fractures, or rickets, while taking one of these amino acid formula products.

Neocate Lawsuit Reviews

The nationwide law firm of Bernstein Liebhard LLP is offering free, no-obligation Neocate lawsuit reviews to families whose children may have been harmed by these amino acid formula products. Please contact our firm today if your child was diagnosed with any of the following conditions while taking Neocate:

  • Rickets
  • Hypophosphatemia
  • Unexplained bone fractures

Call (888) 994-5118 or fill out the form on this page to contact a Neocate lawyer today.

Neocate Formula: What’s the Problem:

Neocate is a line of amino acid formulas, also known as elemental formulas, used for infants and children who cannot tolerate cows-milk or soy formulas due to:

  • Cow milk allergy
  • Soy allergy
  • Multiple food protein intolerance (MFPI)
  • Food-allergy-associated conditions, such as GERD or Eosinophilic esophagitis
  • Short bowel syndrome
  • Malabsorption
  • Other GI disorders

Neocate is made from essential amino acids, protein in its simplest form, and is designed to be easier to digest than cows-milk or soy proteins.

Neocate formulas sold in the U.S. include:

  • Neocate Syneo Infant (0-12 months)
  • Neocate Infant DHA/ARA (0-12 months)
  • Neocate Nutra (6+ months)
  • Neocate Junior (1+ Years)
  • Neocate Junior Probiotic (1+ Years)
  • Neocate Splash (1+ Years)
  • EO28 Splash (1+ Years)

In April 2017, a paper published in the medical journal Bone highlighted 51 children who had been diagnosed with unexplained hypophosphatemia. Skeletal radiographs demonstrated fractures, undermineralization, or rickets in 94% of the cases.

Many of the subjects’ diets consisted solely of Neocate formulas for variable periods of time prior to their presentation. Once they were given supplemental phosphate or switched to a different formula product, the children improved.

“The widespread nature of the findings lead us to strongly recommend careful monitoring of mineral metabolism in children fed EF (elemental formula),” the authors of the study wrote. “Transition to alternative formula use or implementation of phosphate supplementation should be performed cautiously with as severe hypocalcemia may develop.”

Nutricia, the company that markets Neocate formulas, is aware of this study, and even cites the paper on its U.K. website. The page also cautions that children receiving elemental formulas “require regular monitoring and review and follow up is essential to ensure they receive adequate nutrition.”

Symptoms of Hypophosphatemia

Hypophosphatemia is a condition marked by dangerously low levels of phosphate in the blood.  Phosphate is an essential mineral needed for cell function and bone growth.

Signs of low phosphorous include:

  • Irregular breathing
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Muscle weakness
  • Weight gain or loss

In children, hypophosphatemia may cause bone issues, such as pain, fragility, and poor development.

Symptoms of Rickets

Rickets is the softening and weakening of bones in children.

Symptoms of the condition include:

  • Delayed growth
  • Pain in the spine, pelvis and legs
  • Muscle weakness

Rickets can also cause skeletal deformities, including:

  • Bowed legs or knock knees
  • Thickened wrists and ankles
  • Breastbone projection

Vitamin D deficiency is the predominant cause of rickets. However, diseases that cause soft bones in infants, including hypophosphatemia, can also lead to rickets.

On an x-ray, rickets can resemble broken bones or breaks that have healed.

Recovery from rickets can take many months. Surgery may be needed in advanced cases to correct bone deformities. Other problems, such as chest or pelvic deformities and growth retardation, may be permanent.

Learn More About Filing a Neocate Formula Lawsuit

If you suspect that your child was hurt by Neocate, it is important that you contact an attorney right away. Your family may be entitled to file a Neocate Formula Lawsuit to obtain compensation for medical bills and other damages related to your child’s injuries and treatments.

To discuss your potential claim with a Neocate lawyer, please call (888) 994-5118 or complete the form on this page.

  1. Nutricia (N.D.) “FAQs”
  2. NCBI (2017) “Unexpected widespread hypophosphatemia and bone disease associated with elemental formula use in infants and children.”
Last Modified: December 6, 2017

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