US FDA advises not to buy certain eye drops due to infection risks

Seema Rai
Seema Rai

The US Food and Drug Administration issued a warning to customers on Friday not to use eye drops from a variety of brands. It includes CVS Health Corp and Cardinal Health. The reason they say is plausible eye infection. Also in certain circumstances potential visual loss. The FDA advised against using 26 over-the-counter eye drop treatments.

According to the FDA, the eye drops are marketed by CVS Health (CVS.N), Rite Aid (RADCQ.PK), and Velocity Pharma. It has also requested that all quantities of the product be recalled after its investigations discovered unsanitary conditions in the production site.

According to the FDA, using some eye care products from the brands it has identified could result in partial vision loss or blindness. CVS, Rite Aid, and Target are removing the goods from their retail shelves and online. It also stated that products with the names Leader, Rugby, and Velocity may still be accessible in stores and online. But it strongly advises against acquiring them.

Cardinal Health and Velocity Pharma did not reply quickly to requests for comment

“Upon receiving notification from the FDA, we’ve (CVS) immediately ceased the sale in-store and online of any goods supplied by Velocity Pharma,” the pharmacy chain said in an emailed statement. Adding that consumers who return the product will receive a full refund.

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The FDA advised customers to properly dispose of these items. And anyone who developed signs or symptoms of eye infection after using these products. The FDA cautioned eight firms earlier this month, including CVS, against producing or marketing unapproved eye treatments.

The Tamil Nadu Drugs Control said there is no contamination.

According to The New York Times, the CDC has recently connected three fatalities. Eight incidents of blindness, and dozens of infections caused by highly drug-resistant bacteria to Chennai-based EzriCare artificial tears manufactured by Global Pharma Healthcare. Bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics Pseudomonas aeruginosa has been a source of concern.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States has expressed worry over the use of an Indian eye drop, which is causing death and blindness among its citizens.

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