Major Eye Drop Recall Announced

Major Eye Drop Recall Announced

( – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced yet another eye drop recall. The action comes only weeks after customers were warned not to use eye products from CVS, Rite Aid, Target, Walmart, and other outlets because of concerns about lax hygiene practices at production plants.

Kilitch Healthcare India Limited was named as the production company that issued a recall of 28 products after being banned from exporting eye drops to the US last month. Health inspectors visited the site in October and rang the alarm bell on unsanitary practices and the backdating of products to make them appear sterile. Workers were also found walking around the plant barefoot.

The recalled products have expiration dates ranging from November 2023 to September 2025 and include Lubricating Tears Eye Drops, Lubricant Gel Drops, Dry Eye Relief, and Eye Irritation Relief. All are generic brands produced for major American retailers.

California eye surgeon Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler previously told The Daily Mail, “Generics often come from one or a limited number of manufacturing facilities, and then the various drug stories will stick their own label on it.”

Other eye drops have also recently been pulled from the shelves. According to CBS News, the FDA issued a warning to Amazon, which prompted the company to pull seven eye drop products that had raised health concerns. Cardinal Health and Harvard Drug Group have also recalled multiple products.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says it is cooperating with the FDA to look into a multistate outbreak of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which was reportedly uncovered in EzriCare eye drops earlier this year. On its website, the CDC described the symptoms of eye disease caused by the bacteria, including discharge from the eye, pain and discomfort, redness of the eyelid, a foreign body sensation in the eye, increased light sensitivity, and blurred vision.

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