Eye Drop Recall 2023 Brands

Eye Drop Recall 2023 Brands

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Eye Drop Recall 2023 Brands

Impure or contaminated eye drops, such as the eye drop brands recalled in 2023, can cause serious harm to consumers, including vision loss and eye infections. Moreover, the negative health effects of dangerous eye drops could extend beyond your eyes and cause severe infections elsewhere in the body.

Your eyes are precious, and any deterioration or loss of vision can feel frightening. If you or a loved one was affected by dangerous eye drops, now is the time to act.

Morgan & Morgan is here to fight for your rights. Our team of tenacious attorneys could help you seek justice, receive compensation, and hold the responsible parties accountable. Contact us now to schedule a free consultation.

Which Eye Drop Brands Were Recalled in 2023?

In early 2023, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued various eye drop recalls. In February, the agency recalled two specific products due to potential contamination with the drug-resistant bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa (strain VIM-GES-CRPA). Previously, this strain had never been identified in the U.S.
Infection with the bacteria had devastating health effects for some patients, including:

  • Vision loss
  • Surgical removal of eyeballs
  • Severe infections
  • Death

In addition to this recall, numerous eye drops were pulled off the market for other issues, such as cracked caps and impurities. The brands recalled in early 2023 so far include:

  • EzriCare Artificial Tears Lubricant Eye Drops and Delsam Pharma’s Artificial Tears due to potential Pseudomonas aeruginosa contamination
  • Brimonidine Tartrate Ophthalmic Solution, 0.15% due to cracks in the bottle caps compromising sterility
  • Purely Soothing, 15% MSM Drops due to concerns with the product’s sterility
  • Delsam Pharma Artificial Eye Ointment due to potential microbial contamination not linked to the outbreak of Pseudomonas aeruginosa
  • Clear Eyes Once Daily Eye Allergy Itch Relief due to stability tests showing impurities

Consumers who have purchased these eye drops should stop using the products imminently and speak to a medical provider to switch to a different medication if needed.

If, after using the recalled eye drop brands, you experience any unusual symptoms, such as eye infections, vision problems, or others, seek medical advice immediately for prompt diagnosis and treatment. An attorney at Morgan & Morgan can determine whether you are entitled to damages from using eye drop brands affected by the recall in 2023.

What to Do if You Are Affected by the Eye Drop Brand Recall 2023

If any of the recalled eye drops compromised your health, consider taking the following steps to protect your well-being and legal rights.

1. Stop Using the Eye Drops

If your eye drops are part of the 2023 recall, stop using them immediately and follow any instructions provided by the manufacturer or the FDA, which can include returning the medication to the retailer for a refund or disposing of it safely.

2. Seek Medical Attention

Your health and well-being should be your priority. Seek medical help immediately if you are experiencing any adverse effects from the recalled eye drops, such as:

  • Eye discomfort or pain
  • Itchy eyes
  • Light sensitivity
  • Watery eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Red or swollen eyes
  • Eye discharge
  • Signs of infections elsewhere in the body

Inform your healthcare provider about your symptoms and your use of a recalled eye drop brand.

3. Keep Comprehensive Records

Keep all records related to the recall, such as eye drop packaging, labels, and any communication you have received from the manufacturer or regulatory agency. Records can be crucial evidence in a legal claim.

4. Document Your Damages

If you have suffered injuries and damages from the recalled eye drops medication, such as medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and other losses, document them meticulously. Keep receipts and records of medical bills, out-of-pocket expenses, and other documents that could help establish your losses.

5. Contact an Experienced Attorney

If you or a loved one suffered adverse health effects from any brands involved in the eye drop recall 2023, speak to a lawyer to explore your options. You could qualify for compensation from the manufacturer or another party if their carelessness or recklessness harmed you. Morgan & Morgan can assess your situation, walk you through the legal process, and proceed with a legal claim.

6. Keep Informed

Stay updated on the latest information regarding the recalled eye drops by regularly checking the manufacturer’s website, FDA announcements, and reputable news sources. Keep informed of developments related to the eye drop recall 2023 brands, such as lawsuits, potential settlements, and compensation programs.

Don’t let a negligent eye drop manufacturer get away scot-free if your health is significantly affected by dangerous eye drops. Morgan & Morgan has the experience, resources, and stamina to hold a negligent pharmaceutical corporation accountable for your damages.

The Dangers of Pseudomonas Aeruginosa VIM-GES-CRPA

Some eye drop recalls in 2023 concerned potential contamination with the bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa VIM-GES-CRPA strain. The bacteria can have devastating effects on individuals’ eyes and overall health. Conditions caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa can include:

Infections

Pseudomonas aeruginosa can cause severe eye infections that could cause vision loss and the need to have eyeballs extracted. However, the dangerous bacteria can also cause infections elsewhere in the body, such as:

  • Respiratory infections
  • Skin infections
  • Sepsis
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Gastrointestinal infections.
  • Ear infections

Individuals with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk of developing diseases from Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Eye Conditions

Some of the eye conditions caused by eye drops contaminated with Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria can include:

  • Chronic eye inflammation
  • Keratitis – inflammation of the cornea
  • Bacterial conjunctivitis
  • Scarring of the cornea
  • Corneal ulcers – painful sores on the cornea’s surface that could lead to blindness.
  • Endophthalmitis – a severe inflammation of the inside of the eye

Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections can be severe and may require prompt medical attention. Since Pseudomonas aeruginosa VIM-GES-CRPA is also drug-resistant and challenging to treat with antibiotics, seeking medical help immediately can be critical. Once you receive a medical diagnosis, seek legal advice as soon as possible. You could have a compensation claim if your infection or disease arose from using a 2023 recalled eye drop brand.

Morgan & Morgan Is Here for Victims of Contaminated Eye Drops

Morgan & Morgan understands that the loss or deterioration of your eyesight can feel upsetting and scary. We know that severe eye conditions and infections can affect your entire life, including mobility, career, independence, and overall quality of life. However, if a negligent eye drop manufacturer is responsible for your injury, they should make you “whole” again and pay for your damages. We want to help.

Offering Legal Advice and Guidance

You may not know where to turn and what to do after getting hurt by contaminated eye drops. We know this can be a stressful and upsetting time for you and your family. Our compassionate attorneys can be here for you, explain your legal rights, and help you discover your next steps for obtaining justice and compensation.

Calculating Your Damages

You could be entitled to various damages, such as healthcare costs, income loss, physical pain, and emotional distress. Our dedicated injury lawyers can assess the injury’s impact on your life and calculate your current and future expected damages to establish a fair compensation amount.

Standing up to Pharmaceuticals

Fighting a case against a powerful corporation can feel intimidating. However, with Morgan & Morgan on your side, you don’t have to worry about the legal aspects of your case and can concentrate on getting better. Our tenacious attorneys can work tirelessly on your case and stand up to the pharmaceutical company that caused your health problems. Morgan & Morgan never settles for less. We believe you deserve the full value of your claim to get your life back on track.

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  • How Many People Are Affected by Eye Drop Recall-Related Injuries?

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that to date (March 2023), 68 patients in 16 states have been diagnosed with VIM-GES-CRPA bacterial infections. Sadly, three patients died, eight experienced vision loss, and four individuals had to have their eyeballs surgically removed. Most patients reported having used EzriCare Artificial Tears.

    The CDC advised patients and healthcare providers to stop using the affected eye drops immediately and report any adverse health effects. 

  • Which Damages Could I Receive in an Eye Drop Lawsuit?

    Individuals who suffered injuries from a brand involved in the 2023 eye drop recall may be entitled to various types of damages, including but not limited to:

    • Medical expenses
    • Lost wages
    • Pain and suffering
    • Emotional distress

    In addition to such compensatory damages, victims could recover punitive damages. Punitive damages are designed to punish the defendant for their misconduct and deter similar behavior in the future. However, what you could receive will depend on the circumstances of the case, including the severity of your injuries. Morgan & Morgan’s tenacious attorneys can help you pursue maximum compensation.

  • Who Could I Sue for Eye Drop Injury Damages?

    Manufacturers of prescription and over-the-counter medications have the legal duty to ensure their products’ safety. Therefore, if your eye drop injury was caused by a manufacturing defect, such as contamination, you could hold the pharmaceutical company responsible for your injuries and financial losses. However, depending on your unique case, you could also have other defendants, such as:

    Drug Distributors

    Companies involved in medication distribution, such as wholesalers or retailers, could also be defendants in your eye drop recall lawsuit. They could be liable if they failed to properly store, handle, or transport the eye drops, resulting in contamination or other issues that caused harm to consumers.

    Healthcare Providers

    You could also have a claim against healthcare providers, including:

    • Doctors
    • Nurses
    • Hospitals
    • Clinics

    Healthcare providers must exercise reasonable care in prescribing and administering eye drops. Failure to do so could result in legal liability for your damages.

    Pharmacists

    Pharmacists who dispensed the dangerous eye drops to patients could also be defendants in your lawsuit. They are responsible for ensuring that eye drops are safe and appropriate for the patient based on their prescription.

    Testing Laboratories

    Depending on your case, you could sue a laboratory or testing facility conducting eye drop quality testing. If the facility failed to detect any issues or provided inaccurate results leading to the distribution of faulty eye drops, they may be liable for your damages.

    Other Parties

    Depending on the specific circumstances, other parties such as product suppliers, manufacturers of components or ingredients, or marketers could also be potential defendants in your dangerous eye drop lawsuit.

    Product liability lawsuits can be complex. To determine who you could sue in your specific circumstances, consult an experienced attorney. Morgan & Morgan can analyze your case thoroughly and determine all potentially liable parties and avenues for compensation.

  • How Much Will Hiring a Lawyer for My Eye Drop Recall Case Cost?

    When an unethical pharmaceutical company throws your health to the ground, you deserve justice and shouldn’t settle for less than you deserve. If you or a loved one used eye drop brands implicated in the 2023 recall and experienced significant health issues, please come forward, as you could qualify for damages.

    Morgan & Morgan has your back. Our dedicated attorneys want nothing more than to get you the compensation you need to move forward with your life. Contact us now for a free consultation to discover if you have a case and qualify for compensation.

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