In the past few months, several eye drop products have been recalled due to various contamination risks, causing alarm and confusion among the public. The fatal outbreak of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a drug-resistant bacterium linked to some eye drops, has caused significant concerns. This article will provide a detailed understanding of these recalls, their potential legal implications, and what you should do if you have been affected.
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Recalled Eye Drop Products and Contamination Risks
At least four eye drop brands have been recalled recently. Two of them, EzriCare Artificial Tears and Delsam Pharma’s Artificial Tears, have been linked to the dangerous bacterial infection. Other products, such as Pharmedica USA’s Purely Soothing 15% MSM Drops and Apotex’s Brimonidine Tartrate Ophthalmic Solution 0.15%, were also removed from the market due to sterility concerns, although not related to the bacterial outbreak.
Eyedrops Linked to Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Infections
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported a total of 68 cases of Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections across 16 states, causing three deaths, eight cases of vision loss, and four instances of enucleation (surgical removal of the eyeball). According to the CDC’s investigation, most infected patients used artificial tears or eyedrops, with the majority reporting using EzriCare Artificial Tears.
Other Recalled Eyedrops with Sterility Concerns
Pharmedica USA recalled its Purely Soothing, 15% MSM Drops due to concerns about the product’s sterility. While the drops have not been linked to illnesses, using contaminated eye products can increase the risk of severe infections, leading to potential blindness. Similarly, Apotex Corp. recalled its Brimonidine Tartrate Ophthalmic Solution, 0.15% due to cracks in some bottle caps that could affect the product’s sterility. These recalls, although not linked to the Pseudomonas aeruginosa outbreak, emphasize the importance of strict quality control in the manufacturing and distribution of healthcare products.
Pseudomonas Aeruginosa: Causes, Symptoms, and Risks
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is an aggressive bacterium found in water, soil, and human waste. It can contaminate eye drops through exposure to environmental agents during handling. Its resilience to most antibiotics makes it particularly dangerous for healthcare settings and individuals with compromised immune systems.
The bacterium secretes proteins that can destroy the cornea, potentially causing vision impairment or blindness. Infections can manifest as keratitis, sepsis, respiratory, and urinary tract infections. CDC estimates that in 2017, around 2,700 deaths and 32,600 cases of Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections occurred in hospitalized patients in the United States.
What to Do If You Are Affected by Recalled Eye Drops
If you have used any of the recalled eye drops, monitor for symptoms such as eye discharge, eye pain, redness, increased sensitivity to light, and blurry vision. If you experience any such symptoms, seek medical attention immediately. Do not use the recalled eye drops and properly dispose of them. Consult the recall notices provided by manufacturers and the FDA to verify if your eye drops have been affected.
Legal Implications and Pursuing Compensation for Injuries from Eye Drops
Manufacturers and distributors have a responsibility to ensure the safety and efficacy of their products. If you have experienced injuries or adverse effects due to the use of recalled eye drops or any other contaminated products, you may be entitled to compensation. Legal claims may be pursued to cover medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, as well as other related damages.
Contact Alonso Krangle LLP for Legal Assistance
If you or a loved one have been negatively impacted by the recalled eye drops or have suffered injuries due to a product’s contamination or failure, our experienced lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP can help. We will evaluate your case, identify the responsible parties, and help you seek justice and compensation for your injuries. Don’t delay protecting your rights; contact Alonso Krangle LLP at (800) 403-6191 for a free consultation today.