Harlesden company developed liquid feed linked to baby’s death

ITH Pharma Limited is based in Premier Park Road, Harlesden (Pic credit: Google Streetview)

ITH Pharma Limited is based in Premier Park Road, Harlesden (Pic credit: Google Streetview) - Credit: Archant

A Brent based pharmaceutical company developed a hospital feed that is strongly linked to the death of one baby and the blood poisoning of 14 others.

The batch of intravenous liquid, called parenteral nutrition, which is thought to be responsible for this tragic incident is manufactured by ITH Pharma Limited which is situated in Premier Park Road, Harlesden.

The company has since launched a product recall to which the Medicines and Healthcare product Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued an alert to hospitals.

Professor Mike Catchpole, PHE incident director, said: “This is a very unfortunate incident and PHE have been working closely with the MHRA to investigate how these babies could have become infected.”

Adding that a probe to other potential sources of infection is taking place, he continued: “However all our investigations to date indicate that the likely source of the infection has been identified.”

The babies affected, many of whom were deemed as premature and vulnerable, were treated neonatal intensive care units at a six separate hospitals in England, and given the feed direct to their bloodstream as they could not be fed by mouth.

MHRA has identified an incident which is thought to have resulted in the contamination of the feed, which is usually manufactured under strictly controlled aseptic conditions.

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Investigations are ongoing and inspectors from the MHRA are visiting the manufacturing plant.

The Times has contacted ITH Pharma for a statement.

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