Pseudomonas is a common bacterium found in many different environments, such as water, soils, and plant or animal tissue. However, despite it being in common environments, it may lead to serious infections. Risk of infection increases for people with weakened immune systems, external medical devices, and underlying lung conditions.
This bacteria has been found in many eyes drop products and has caused infections and severe injuries. In January of 2023, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning to consumers of the EzriCare Artificial Tears due to infections of Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria. As of March 2023, the FDA has issued more warnings advising the immediate stop of use for the following eye drop products:
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The concern keeps increasing when, according to the CDC, ten different brands are involved in injury cases. As of March 14, 2023, sixty-eight patients across the country were found to have serious Pseudomonas bacteria infections. Of which, four people had their eyeballs removed, eight others lost their vision and three were reported. Some symptoms of an infection include:
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Eye drops are a common medication for common purposes such as allergies and dry eyes, or for conditions such as glaucoma. If you use eye drops regularly, it’s essential to check the FDA’s website for any product recalls or safety alerts to ensure that you are using safe and effective products.
In addition, if you are using any of the products above or are presenting any of the injuries related to your use of eye drops, contact your doctor immediately to prevent further complications.
Here at Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo and Plotkin, our experienced attorneys have the knowledge and experience when it comes to product liability cases. We understand how devastating it can be to experience an injury caused by a product you trusted. Therefore, we want to help you get just compensation for your injuries.
If you or a loved one have used any of the recalled eye drop products and are experiencing any of the symptoms above, give us a call for a free consultation with an experienced attorney at 212-684-1880.