The Food and Drug Administration has long been warning tattoo parlors,
their customers and those buying at-home tattoo kits that not all tattoo
ink is safe. The FDA most commonly identifies microbiological contamination
in unopened tattoo inks as the reason to pull the harmful products. Reports
of infections continue to increase as tattoos have become more popular
over the years. This month alone, the FDA’s Office of Cosmetics
recalled five Fusion Ink, LLC Tattoo inks due to microbial contamination.
Serious infections in the skin can happen even in the cleanest and most
professional tattoo parlor conditions. This is because tattoo ink can
carry bottled up bacteria that easily spreads through the bloodstream
Symptoms for sepsis include fever, shaking chills and sweats. This infection
risk is particularly high for anyone with pre-existing heart or circulatory
conditions. Other infected people may see symptoms like rash, blisters
or bumps on the skin, discharge, redness, swelling, or excessive pain
at the tattoo site. Serious infections can require months of treatment
with a variety of antibiotics or even hospitalization or surgery. The
FDA says it has received reports of bad reactions to tattoo inks right
after tattooing as well as years later.
If you do suspect an infection, first, contact your doctor or other health
care professional. If they confirm the area has been infected, you will
want to notify the tattoo artist so he or she can identify the ink that
was used, and avoid using it again. Plus, you can ask the tattoo artist
for detailed information on the brand, color, and any lot or batch information
that may be useful in determining the source of the problem and how to
treat it. You are also encouraged to provide as much detail as possible
about the ink and your reaction and outcome to the FDA. Reports from consumers
are important sources of safety information and raising your voice can
help alert other victims and prevent future incidences from occurring.
Basically, the law requires manufacturers to ensure their products are
safe, both in design and manufacturing, and it also prevents those same
companies from marketing their products for any non-FDA-approved uses,
known as “off-label marketing.”
For the many people who have had their physical or psychological health
compromised by defective tattoo ink, they deserve to receive compensation
for any medical or psychological treatment needed to regain their quality
of life back, and receive compensation for their lost wages.
In general, the FDA says those looking to get a tattoo should always ensure
that the ink has a brand name and a location of the business that manufactured
it. So, we suggest talking to the tattoo artist to see the ink bottles
and do your research on the brand and color before any permanent tattoo
Defective product cases are complex and can place consumers in a vulnerable
place. Our experienced defective drug,
product liability, and
medical malpractice attorneys at Wagner Reese can help restore the balance of power, providing
you the legal support and advice you need so that you can focus on your
own health and healing.
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