FDA Eye Drop Recall: Don't Use Walmart Eyedrops
The FDA issued its warning [1.] on October 27, 2023, which included a list of OTC eye drop products to avoid. The list includes the following products from Walmart:
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Why Did the FDA Issue the Eyedrop Warning?
The FDA recommended that the manufacturer of the potentially contaminated eye drops recall all lots after investigators found insanitary conditions in the manufacturing facility. FDA also found positive bacterial test results from environmental sampling of critical drug production areas in the facility, the alert said. The agency warns the recalled eye drops pose a potential risk of eye infection that could result in partial vision loss or blindness.
Walmart said it is removing the eyedrops from their store shelves and websites; however, products branded as Leader, Rugby, and Velocity may still be available to purchase in stores and online, according to the FDA. Those products should not be purchased or used.
Eye Infection Symptoms
- Blurry vision
- Pain or discomfort
- Redness of the eyelid or eye
- Feeling like there is something in the eye
- Increased sensitivity to light
What You Need to Know About the 2023 Eye Drop Recalls
In January 2023, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned people to stop using EzriCare Artificial Tears and Delsam Pharma’s Artificial Tears after the products were linked to a drug-resistant strain of the bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
As of May 15, 2023, infections from this bacteria strain had caused at least 4 people’s deaths, vision loss in 14 others, and the surgical removal of 4 people’s eyeballs.
Global Pharma, the company that manufactures EzriCare and Delsam Pharma’s eyedrops, recalled both products in February.
As of May 15, 2023, the Pseudomonas aeruginosa strain linked to the recalled EzriCare and Delsam eyedrops had been found in at least 81 people in 18 states.
FDA Warns Consumers to Stop Using Dozens of OTC Eye Drops: WGN News Video
What to do if You Purchased Walmart Eye Drops
Patients who are experiencing any of the above symptoms of an eye infection after using Walmart eye drops should consult their healthcare provider or seek immediate medical attention, the FDA said. The agency encourages healthcare professionals and patients to report adverse events or quality problems with any medicine to the MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program [2.]. To date, the FDA has not received any adverse event reports of eye infection associated with the eye drops listed in the agency's Oct. 27 alert.
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