(DailyDig.com) – Another brand of eyedrops has been recalled by the FDA because of the potential for blindness or even death from infection.
The FDA issued a warning several weeks ago, following which the stores voluntarily recalled twenty-six bottles of store-brand eye drops. Shoppers were warned to stay away from many eye drop products from Walmart, Rite Aid, Target, and CVS. There are currently twenty-seven brands of recalled eye drops due to safety concerns.
Kilitch Healthcare India Limited, a manufacturing facility, contributed the additional goods. Equate Hydration PF Lubricant Eye Drops, 10 ml, from Walmart is the latest recall. The facility was inspected by agency officials earlier this month, and they discovered bacterial contamination in tests.
An investigation of the plant where the items were created revealed germs and unsanitary conditions. The bacterium found was pseudomonas aeruginosa and is drug-resistant. Infections from tainted eyedrops may lead to blindness and possible death in extreme circumstances.
At the end of October, the Indian factory was ordered to stop exporting eye drops to the United States. Some employees strolled throughout the plant barefoot, and they discovered that the microbiologists had filed test results that were backdated in order to make them seem sterile.
Eye drops with dates of expiration between November 2023 and September 2025 are being recalled by the FDA.
Two-thirds of the generic products are often manufactured in foreign facilities in nations like India and China. According to an eye surgeon, Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler, generics are produced in a small number of factories and then sold under a variety of brand names by US pharmacies.
Blurred vision, eye discharge, eye or eyelid redness, greater sensitivity to light, soreness or discomfort, and a sensation that something is in the eye are all symptoms of a Pseudomonas aeruginosa eye infection, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The FDA has issued a warning to consumers and merchants to stop selling and using the items in question.
The impacted stores accept returns from customers as well.
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