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Millions of people across the United States rely on eyedrops to treat a wide range of conditions from dry eyes to glaucoma. For many, eye drops are an essential part of maintaining eye health.
EzriCare Artificial Tears and several other popular brands of eye drops were recently linked to contamination with the bacteria P. aeruginosa. This bacteria could cause eye infections and result in blindness or even death. This strain of bacteria is rare and known to be resistant to drugs, which means that it can be difficult to treat. Some patients have needed surgery to treat their eye infections.
Lawsuits are now being filed against the companies that manufactured the eye drops linked to P. aeruginosa, the plaintiffs claiming that the companies advertised the eye drops as being safe for use without having first checked to ensure that they were not contaminated.
If you or a loved one has used one of the recalled eye drop brands like EzriCare Artificial Tears and has suffered from an eye infection as a result, you may have a case against the manufacturer of the eye drops. Consult with a Farah & Farah attorney to determine whether you have a case. All consultations are free and you won’t have to pay a thing unless your case is successful.
Eye drops are liquid drops that are designed to be applied directly to the surface of the eye. Some may be over-the-counter for the purpose of moisturizing dry eyes while other types of eye drops may be prescribed by a doctor to treat an infection or other eye condition.
Over-the-counter eye drops that are used as artificial tears may be made of just saline. Some of these products might also include a lubricant. Eye drops prescribed by an eye doctor typically contain medicine to treat a disease, infection, or other condition and might be made of substances such as:
Eye Drops can treat a range of eye conditions from dry eyes or infections to pink eye or glaucoma.
The symptoms of dry eye can include:
An eye infection can be caused by either bacteria or a virus. Antibiotic eye drops may be used to treat the infection if it’s caused by bacteria, but not if it’s caused by a virus. Conjunctivitis, or pink eye, is one of the most commonly known types of eye infection.
The symptoms of conjunctivitis may include:
These symptoms could appear in one or both eyes, depending on where the infection is.
Typically, eye drops that are prescribed to treat conjunctivitis may include antibiotics, but only when the pink eye is caused by a bacterial infection.
Some allergic reactions may cause the eyes to become inflamed or irritated. Pollen, for example, can cause an allergic reaction called allergic conjunctivitis. The symptoms are similar to pink eye caused by bacteria or a virus but would need to be treated differently. Eye drops can be medicated with antihistamines. This type of eye drop would typically be prescribed to treat allergies.
The eye drop brands that were recalled because they were linked to the bacteria P. aeruginosa are:
Both the EzriCare Artificial Tears and the Purely Soothing 15% MSM Drops were sold over-the-counter while the Brimonidine Tartrate Ophthalmic Solution. 0.15% eye drops were prescribed to treat glaucoma.
The companies that manufactured the recalled eye drops include:
Septic shock symptoms can include:
If you or a loved one have the following symptoms after using one of the impacted eye drops, you should see a doctor straight away:
Another lawsuit, this one class action, was filed on February 7, 2023, by a man in Kentucky, who complained that Global Pharma, the manufacturer of the recalled EzriCare Artificial Tears, had advertised the eye drops as safe for consumers to use without testing the bottles thoroughly for possible bacterial contamination. Richard Mosely, the plaintiff, filed the lawsuit as a class action on behalf of all of those who were impacted by the eye drops.
If you used EzriCare Artificial Tears or one of the other brands of recalled eye drops and developed a serious eye infection, carbapenem-Resistant pseudomonas aeruginosa (CRPA), vision loss, or blindness, or if a loved one died as a result, you may have a case against the manufacturer of the product. The other affected eye drops include Pharmedica Purely Soothing 15% MSM Drops, Delsam Pharma Artificial Eye Ointment, and Apotex Brimonidine Tartrate Ophthalmic Solution. 0.15%. Speak with your doctor to determine that the eye drops were the cause of your infection and contact a lawyer to determine whether you may have a case. Farah and Farah’s consultations are always free and if we take your case, you won’t have to pay a dime unless your lawsuit is successful. Contact us today to consult with one of our experienced, dedicated attorneys.