Artificial Tears made by EzriCare and Delsam Pharma have been linked to a recent outbreak of a rare and drug-resistant infection that may have resulted in vision loss, surgical removal of eyes and even death.
EzriCare eyedrops were recalled in February 2023 and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in March recommended that people immediately stop using EzriCare and Delsam Pharma eyedrops for fear of contamination.
If you or a loved one suffered an infection-related severe injury as the possible use of over-the-counter artificial tears, you may have grounds for an eyedrops lawsuit and should contact an eyedrops lawyer.
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Concern over the products arose after the CDC suspected the eyedrops were contaminated by a drug-resistant strain of bacteria linked to multiple deaths, vision loss and eyeballs being surgically removed. So far, infections have been found to have occurred among 68 people across 16 states all across the country – New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, North Carolina, New Mexico, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin.
The CDC identified the bacteria as a form of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which it said had not been reported previously in the United States. Not all cases were associated with eyedrops, but the CDC investigation identified artificial tears as a common exposure for many patients.
Those infected also reported using various brands of eyedrops, with some using multiple brands, but the most commonly reported was EzriCare Artificial Tears, a preservative-free, over-the-counter product packaged in multidose bottles and made in India.
The CDC said that the bacteria was found in opened EzriCare bottles from multiple lots. EzriCare Artificial Eyedrops are made by Global Pharma Healthcare.
Kline & Specter eyedrops lawyers handle cases in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and New York. For cases outside those states, we work with local attorneys in each state as applicable.