Topical creams and gels that are applied to take the pain out of tattoos, hemorrhoids and some of the itching out of bedsores, have been recalled after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that it found microbial contamination and too much lidocaine in the products. According to a report in the Miami Herald, the company, Ridge Properties has pulled several lots of the products including those under the Pre-TAT, Soothing Sore Relief and Superior brand names.
Details of the Recall
Pre-TAT and Superior are used as numbing agents before tattoos. Soothing Sore Relief is used for pain and itching associated with hemorrhoids and bedsores. All these creams and gels have 4 percent lidocaine. But, the FDA says it has found a higher concentration in addition to microbial contamination. The recall notice states the risks from a contaminated pre-tattoo product are greater because the skin is being traumatized immediately after application.
Tattooing is also known to have infectious complications. Further use of lidocaine greater than the label claim may increase the risk of methemoglobinemia, a blood disorder in which an abnormal amount of methemoglobin is produced. This could affect the body’s oxygen supply. The recalled products were all sold over the counter via amazon.com, walmart.com, ebay.com, tatbalm.net and naturallyhl.com. Those who have these products should stop using them and either discard them or return it to the point of purchase. For more information, contact 1-877-906-4806.
Danger of Defective Products
Based on this news report, it appears that these products have the potential not just to cause lethal skin infections, but could also lead to a blood disorder because of the high lidocaine content. Manufacturers have a responsibility to put products in the market that are safe for consumers. Manufacturers of drugs – whether they are prescription drugs or dispensed over the counter – have the responsibility to ensure that the products are manufactured in a clean, contamination-free environment.
If you or a loved one has been sickened by these or other products, you may be able to seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization costs, permanent injuries, disabilities, pain and suffering and emotional distress. You may be able to file a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturers and other involved parties such as retailers, pharmacies, etc. An experienced product defect attorney will be able to guide you through what can be a complicated legal process and help you secure maximum compensation for your tremendous losses.