The mark of summer each year is commemorated by dustings of yellow pollen and itchy, dry eyes. To alleviate the irritation caused by seasonal allergies and the weather changes, you likely turn to over-the-counter eye drops or artificial tears at your local pharmacy or convenience store.
Recently, however, there was a large-scale eye drop recall, including major brands such as EzriCare and Delsam. If you were harmed by using one of the recalled brands, it’s important you immediately seek medical attention and reach out to a qualified personal injury lawyer who can help discuss your best legal options. To read more about the recall, the specific brands, the side effects, and what to do if you have recently used one, McPherson & Thomas, P.A. has put together an inclusive guide below.
Everything You Need to Know About the Recent Eye Drop Recall
The US Food and Drug Administration has recently recalled four different products that have all been linked to the development of serious eye infections, blindness, and even death. The recalled products currently include:
- EzriCare – Artificial Tears Lubricant Eye Drops
- Delsam – Pharma Artificial Eye Ointment
- Apotex – Brimonidine Tartrate Ophthalmic Solution, 0.15%
- Pharmedica – Purely Soothing, 15% MSM Drops
Upon investigation of a facility in India, the FDA recalled EzriCare’s Artificial Tears Lubricant Eye Drops due to possible contamination of the bacteria called Pseudomonas aeruginosa. This bacteria, commonly known to spread around healthcare facilities, is a rare, drug-resistant bacteria never before seen in the United States. The infection spreads quickly and can cause permanent eye damage, including eye infection, permanent vision loss, bloodstream infection, and even the need to surgically remove the eyes. Early symptoms of the bacteria can include fever, chills, and rashes. As of late spring, the US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention reported over 68 cases in 16 states.
Experienced Pain or Injury Due to a Recalled Eye Drop?
If you have experienced any of the symptoms or side effects due the usage of any of the recently recalled eye drop medications, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. If you suspect you may have suffered from these products, it’s imperative you reach out to a medical professional and get professionally examined immediately. After you have been checked up on, a personal injury lawyer from McPherson & Thomas, P.A. can help review your story and plot out the best course of action for your case.
Using your medical records as evidence, we can help you file a claim against the eye drop company for negligence. As a medical company, they owe their customers a certain standard of care. Any breach or recklessness that leads to injury or death leaves them liable to be sued for product liability.
Speak to a Knowledgeable Personal Injury Lawyer Today
To follow the latest trends in active recalls, it’s important to monitor the FDA’s website for daily changes. For those actively affected by the recent eye drop recall, McPherson & Thomas, P.A. offers decades of experience to help your case. We have helped our clients recover millions of dollars in compensation over the years and would love to do the same for you.
Don’t let them get away with causing your unjust pain and suffering. While you focus on recovering, we’ll handle all filing, scheduling, and settlements. To see how a dedicated attorney can help your case specifically, schedule a free consultation today through our contact form or by calling (727) 848-8892. We don’t see a single penny unless we win your case.