The FDA recommended the recall due to current good manufacturing practice violations committed by the eye drop product’s manufacturer Global Pharma Healthcare Private Limited.
These violations included a lack of microbial testing and issues with how the products were sold. For example, the products are preservative-free and sold in multi-use bottles, which are more prone to bacterial contamination.
What Bacteria Has Been Found in EzriCare Artificial Tears?
The FDA, CDC, and local health departments have so far identified 68 patients in 16 states that have been exposed to Pseudomonas aeruginosa—a bacteria commonly found in soil and water that can cause infections in the blood or lungs.
This bacterium is especially dangerous because it’s resistant to antibiotics, so healthcare providers must submit a culture sample for lab testing to see which antibiotics work best.
What Are the Symptoms of Infection?
The CDC and FDA recommend patients immediately stop using EzriCare Artificial Tears until their investigation is over and the product is labeled safe. They also state that anyone experiencing one or more of the following symptoms should contact their healthcare provider:
- Yellow, green, or clear discharge from the eye
- Eye pain or discomfort
- Redness of the eye or eyelid
- Feeling like something is in your eye
- Increased sensitivity to light
- Blurry vision
There has been one reported death due to EzriCare Artificial Tears contamination and 8 reports of permanent vision loss. If you’re among the many infected by this product, you can contact the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator to report any adverse reactions you might be having.
Who’s Liable for EzriCare Artificial Tears Contamination?
The FDA, CDC, and local healthcare providers are still investigating the source of the contamination. They are unsure whether it happened at the manufacturing level or after the products have been opened. That means that any part of the supply chain could have caused the contamination.
EzriCare, Global Pharma Healthcare Private Limited, or any retailers at the consumer level could be at fault for contaminating the products.
What Compensation Could You Recover?
A bacterial infection from EzriCare Artificial Tears eye drops may result in blindness and hospitalization, among other negative consequences. These complications could result in the following damages:
- Medical bills
- Ongoing medical care
- Physical pain
- Mental suffering
- Loss of earning capacity due to blindness
- Lost wages
Let the Law Giant Help You Recover
If you suffer from any of the symptoms associated with EzriCare Artificial Tears contamination, contact your healthcare provider immediately to ensure you get the help you need to recover.
Your next call should be to the Law Giant. Begum Law Group Injury Lawyers will help you pursue full and fair recovery for your damages and hold all at-fault parties accountable. Contact us today at 956-277-9125 for a free consultation.