Eye drops distributed and manufactured by EzriCare, and Delsam Pharma, under Global Pharma Healthcare, have recently been voluntarily recalled. According to officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at least 55 people have suffered injuries and illnesses after using the eye drops, which might have been contaminated by an antibiotic-resistant strain of bacteria. Consumers in 12 states have suffered eye injuries and vision loss, and one person has died from a bloodstream infection caused by the bacteria.
Global Pharma Healthcare and the CDC are urging people to immediately discontinue the use of EzriCare, and Delsam Pharma eye drop products. Retailers and wholesalers have been instructed to immediately take those products off the shelves and discard them. Anyone who recently used the products and is now suffering eye injury symptoms should seek urgent medical attention.
Eye injury symptoms that could be caused by bacteria-contaminated eye drops include:
- Eye strain
- Eye redness
- Blurry vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Pain or discomfort in the eye
What Eye Drops are Unsafe?
The unsafe eye drops have been recalled for causing eye infections, eye injuries, vision loss, and one confirmed death.
Eye drops identified in the large-scale recall are:
EzriCare Artificial Tears eye drops:
NDC Number 79503-0101-15
UPC Number 3 79503 10115 7
Delsam Pharma Artificial Tears and Lubricant eye drops:
NDC Number 72570-121-15
UPC Number 72570-0121-15
What Should You Do?
Stop the use of recalled eye drops immediately. However, do not discard the eye drops right away. Instead, seal the bottle tightly, secure it in a place inaccessible to pets and children, and wash your hands thoroughly when done. Again, do not use the recalled and possibly contaminated eye drops under any circumstances.