Trustwell Law is accepting cases on behalf of people who have used certain brands of eye drops — EzriCare Artificial Tears, Delsam Pharma’s Artificial Tears, Purely Soothing 15% MSM Drops, and Brimonidine Tartrate Ophthalmic Solution, 0.15%—and are now having problems with their eyes or vision including:
Some deaths have also been attributed to using the now-recalled eye drops, and other people have had to have an eye surgically removed.
If you are considering filing an eye drops lawsuit, call us at 800-796-1636 or submit your case details online and someone will contact you shortly. You pay nothing unless your lawsuit is successful and and you receive compensation.
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Per the CDC: Immediately discontinue use of EzriCare Artificial Tears, Delsam Pharma’s Artificial Tears, Purely Soothing 15% MSM Drops, and Brimonidine Tartrate Ophthalmic Solution, 0.15%. If you or a loved one have used these eye drops and have any signs or symptoms of an eye infection or any problems with your vision, talk to your doctor or seek medical attention immediately.
Multiple brands of eye care products—artificial tears, eye drops, and eye ointment—have been recalled over concerns about dangerous infections. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) say the products were tainted during manufacturing with a rare strain of drug-resistant bacterium: Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The outbreak strain, carbapenem-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa with Verona integron-mediated metallo-β-lactamase and Guiana extended-spectrum-β-lactamase (VIM-GES-CRPA), had never before been reported in the United States.
According to the CDC’s latest update (March 2023), 68 patients in 16 states (CA, CO, CT, FL, IL, NC, NJ, NM, NY, NV, PA, SD, TX, UT, WA, WI) have been infected. Common symptoms of these infections include:
In the most extreme cases, infection introduced via the eye drops can spread to other parts of the body.
Three people to date have died from the infection, and at least eight others have experienced loss of vision. In addition, four have had to have eyeballs surgically removed (enucleation).
Ten different brands of ophthalmic drugs were involved in the cases being investigated, according to the CDC said, but the brand seen most often was Ezri Care Artificial Tears, which the FDA warned consumers to stop purchasing in February 2023.
Here is a list of the major brands of eye drops recalled so far.
Here is a full list of the products that have been recalled to date (March, 2023). Again, if you or someone you love uses any of these products, discontinue use immediately per the CDC:
If you or a loved one developed an infection, lost vision or had to have an eye removed, or died from infection after using any of the recalled eye drops, contact us to discuss filing an eye drop lawsuit. You may be entitled to compensation for past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and possible punitive damages.
The consultation is free, and if we take your case, you pay us nothing unless you receive compensation.
Archie, A. (2023, February 3). Manufacturer recalls eyedrops after possible link to bacterial infections. Retrieved from https://www.npr.org/2023/02/03/1154088634/ezricare-artificial-tears-recall-bacteria-cdc
Bartels, M. (2023, March 23). Eye Drops Recalled after Deaths and Blindness–Here’s What to Know. Retrieved from https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/eye-drops-recalled-after-deaths-and-blindness-heres-what-to-know/
Blasi, W. (2023, March 23). Which eye drops have been recalled in 2023? Here’s a running list. Retrieved from https://www.marketwatch.com/story/which-eye-drops-have-been-recalled-in-2023-heres-a-running-list-c16e3ca6
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2019). Multidrug-Resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/pdf/threats-report/pseudomonas-aeruginosa-508.pdf
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2023, February 1). Outbreak of Extensively Drug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa Associated with Artificial Tears. Retrieved from https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/2023/han00485.asp?ACSTrackingID=USCDC_511-DM98842&ACSTrackingLabel=HAN%20485%20-%20General%20Public&deliveryName=USCDC_511-DM98842
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2023, March 21). Outbreak of Extensively Drug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa Associated with Artificial Tears, Summary of Recent Updates. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/hai/outbreaks/crpa-artificial-tears.html
Chavez, J. (2023, March 22). Two additional deaths linked to bacteria in recalled eye drops, CDC says. Retrieved from https://www.cnn.com/2023/03/22/health/eye-drops-case-reports-wellness/index.html
Edwards, E. (2023, March 22). Tainted eyedrops are now linked to three deaths and extensive vision loss, CDC warns. Retrieved from https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/cdc-recalled-ezricare-eyedrops-linked-deaths-infections-rcna76082
Kekatos, M. (2022, March 22). Death toll linked to contaminated eye drops rising as more report vision loss. Retrieved from https://abcnews.go.com/Health/death-toll-linked-contaminated-eye-drops-rises-3/story?id=98038783
Olsen, E. (2023, March 22). The CDC is investigating recalled eyedrops after infections cause death and blindness. Retrieved from https://www.npr.org/2023/03/22/1165268600/eyedrop-recall-bacteria-infection-cdc
Rendall, J. (2023, March 22). CDC Posts Update to Investigation Into Infections Linked to Eye Drops. Retrieved from https://www.cnet.com/health/medical/cdc-posts-update-to-investigation-into-infections-linked-to-eye-drops/
U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (2023, March 2). Apotex Corp. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Brimonidine Tartrate Ophthalmic Solution, 0.15% Due to Cracks that Have Developed in Some of the Units Caps of the Bottles. Retrieved from https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/apotex-corp-issues-voluntary-nationwide-recall-brimonidine-tartrate-ophthalmic-solution-015-due
U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (2023, February 2). Global Pharma Healthcare Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Artificial Tears Lubricant Eye Drops Due to Possible Contamination. Retrieved from https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/global-pharma-healthcare-issues-voluntary-nationwide-recall-artificial-tears-lubricant-eye-drops-due
U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (2023, March 3). Pharmedica USA LLC Issues Voluntary Worldwide Recall of Purely Soothing 15% MSM Drops Due to Non-Sterility. Retrieved from https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/pharmedica-usa-llc-issues-voluntary-worldwide-recall-purely-soothing-15-msm-drops-due-non-sterility