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As of February 2, 2023, Global Pharma Healthcare has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of EzriCare, LLC- and Delsam Pharma Artificial Tears Lubricant Eye Drops because of a risk for users developing an eye infection that could lead to blindness and death.
EzriCare Artificial Tears is an over-the-counter preservative-free eye drop sold through large retailers, like Amazon and Walmart. While formulated to lubricate dry eyes, a deadly antibiotic-resistant bacteria has been traced back to EzriCare Artificial Tears. The bacteria, called Pseudomonas aeruginosa, has been linked to eye infections, permanent vision loss, and death from a bloodstream infection. Anyone who has used these eye drops and developed an infection may be able to seek financial compensation through an EzriCare Artificial Tears Lawsuit.
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As of February 7, 2023, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified at least 56 patients in 12 states, including Florida, who have been infected by antibiotic- resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa. There have been 5 reports of vision loss and at least one death.
On February 2, 2023, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning to consumers urging them to stop using EzriCare Artificial Tears due to possible contamination.
As of February 7, 2023, the following states have recorded patients contracting bacterial infections linked to EzriCare Artificial Tears:
The CDC found bacteria in bottles of the eyedrops and are further testing whether it is a match to the strain found in the affected patients. It is unknown if the contamination happened during the manufacturing process or after the bottles were opened by consumers.
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a type of bacteria that is resistant to most antibiotics. This type of bacteria, also known as “superbugs,” is commonly found in hot tubs, jacuzzis, and swimming pools. It can also be found on the hands of otherwise healthy individuals.
The specific strain associated with this outbreak is called Verona integron-mediated metallo- β-lactamase and Guiana extended-spectrum-β-lactamase (VIM-GES-CRPA). This is the first report of this strain of bacteria being present in the U.S.
If antibiotics cannot kill or suppress the bacteria, then the following conditions may occur:
You should stop using these eye drops immediately and seek medical attention if you develop any symptoms of an eye infection. Currently, the CDC is not recommending that anyone who is asymptomatic undergo testing.
If you develop an infection and do test positive for Pseudomonas aeruginosa, then you should follow your medical provider’s recommended care plan and contact our Florida Defective Drugs and Devices Class Action Lawyers at Whittel & Melton right away. You can call us now statewide at 866-608-5529 or contact us online 24/7 for a free consultation.
Cases involving EzriCare Artificial Tears Lubricant Eye Drops are still under investigation. It is estimated by the CDC that due to these drops being sold at large retailers, like Amazon, and being shipped across the U.S. that more cases will be reported in currently affected states as well as others.
The severity and financial impact of your injuries will play a large role in determining the value of your claim. Damages may include compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. You may also be entitled to punitive damages.
Since cases involving EzriCare Artificial Tears Lubricant Eye Drops are still in the early investigative phases, it is difficult to say how long it could take for those impacted to see a payout for their suffering. It is anticipated that the rate of infection will continue to grow, so it could take several months/years to recover financial compensation.
By contacting our Florida Defective Drugs and Devices Class Action Lawyers at Whittel & Melton right away, you can be assured that we will launch an investigation into your case immediately and prepare your case accordingly.
Every state has its own statute of limitations that dictates how long you must file a case. In Florida, you generally have four years from the time you discovered you purchased a defective product to move forward with a lawsuit.
If you think that EzriCare Artificial Tears Lubricant Eye Drops caused your infection, then you need to contact our Florida Defective Drugs and Devices Class Action Lawyers at Whittel & Melton today. Missing the deadline to file a claim could bar you from ever being able to recover financial damages. You can call us statewide at 866-608-5529 or contact us online to request a free consultation.