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Posted February 06, 2023

Recalled Eye Drops Linked to Vision Loss and One Death

On February 2, 2023, Global Pharma Healthcare issued a nationwide recall of its Artificial Tears Lubricant Eye Drops due to potential contamination with bacteria that can cause serious infection, blindness, and death.

The Center for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) alerted the FDA to an investigation of a multi-state cluster of infections caused by Verona Integron-mediated Metallo-β-lactamase (VIM)- and Guiana-Extended Spectrum-β-Lactamase (GES)- producing carbapenem-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa (VIM-GES-CRPA) bacteria possibly associated with use of the drops. There are 55 reports of adverse events to date, including eye infections, permanent loss of vision, and one death with a bloodstream infection.

Recalled Artificial Tears Lubricant Eye Drops (see photos) were promoted to relieve dry eye or for temporary relief of discomfort due to irritations of the eye and were distributed nationwide via the internet. Products are packaged in a ½ fl oz (15 ml) bottle with a safety seal and placed in a carton box and can be further identified by the following:

Global Pharma Healthcare is notifying the distributors of this product and is requesting that wholesalers, retailers and customers who have the recalled product stop use.

Consumers and healthcare providers can report any adverse reactions to the FDA’s MedWatch Voluntary Reporting Program.

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For more information, use the link below.

Global Pharma Healthcare Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Artificial Tears Lubricant Eye Drops Due to Possible Contamination

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