The FDA is cautioning against the use of 26 different types of non-prescription eye drops due to the potential for infections that can result in loss of vision.
This advisory from the Food and Drug Administration pertains to lubricating drops that are sold under the following brands:
- CVS Health
- Rugby (Cardinal Health)
- Leader (Cardinal Health)
- Rite Aid
- Velocity Pharma LLC
The FDA has advised consumers to discontinue use of these products and refrain from buying any that are still available in pharmacies and stores. This statement was released on Friday.
The FDA inspectors discovered unsanitary conditions and bacteria at the production facility for the drops, prompting the agency to request a product recall from the companies last week. The location and date of the inspection were not revealed by the FDA.
At the time of the announcement, there were no reported injuries associated with the products. However, the FDA urged doctors and patients to use the agency’s online reporting system to submit any cases.
In the beginning of this year, government authorities connected a spread of bacteria that is resistant to medication to eye drops produced by two enterprises, EzriCare and Delsam Pharma. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that over 80 individuals in the United States were diagnosed with eye infections caused by this uncommon strain of bacteria.
In February, the manufacturing plant in India that produced the eyedrops was inspected by health officials after the products were recalled. They discovered issues with the production and testing processes, such as insufficient measures for ensuring sterility.