Eye Drop Recall: Everything You Need to Know

Millions of consumers use nonprescription, over-the-counter drops daily to relieve dry and irritated eyes, redness, and other mild conditions. But the sudden wave of recalls is making people think, are they safe to use? Here is what you should know. 

On February 2, 2023, EzriCare Artificial Tears Lubricant Eye Drops and Delsam Pharma Artificial Tears Lubricant Eye Drops were recalled due to a reported outbreak of the bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa. This strain of bacteria had never been reported in the United States, and it is particularly dangerous due to its high resistance to most antibiotics. The bacteria has been found in samples from infected people that date back to May 2022 and continue on into the early months of 2023. As of March 1, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that 64 patients in 13 states suffered infections, one person died, and others have suffered vision loss. On February 24, Global Pharma Healthcare also issued another voluntary recall due to “possible contamination” in their Artificial Eye Ointment. 

It is unclear whether the eye drops were contaminated before or after the bottles were opened. However, the FDA recommended the recall due to the company not adequately testing its products for bacterial contamination and their failure to package the artificial tears in multiple-use bottles with adequate preservatives, which is a violation of the FDA’s Current Good Manufacturing Practice regulations. On March 3, 2023, Pharmedica USA also recalled two lots of Purely Soothing, 15% MSM Drops due to sterility concerns. The CDC and FDA recommend that patients who have used recalled eye drops should assess if they have any of the following symptoms: 

  • Discharge from the eye
  • Eye pain or discomfort
  • Redness of the eye or eyelid
  • Feeling something in the eye
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Blurry vision

Patients with any signs of infection should immediately contact their healthcare provider for evaluation and treatment.


Join Our Mailing List

    Recent Articles

    Op-Ed: The 3 Best Vitamin Brands of 2023

    While it’s important to maintain a balanced and varied diet, there are some cases where supplemental nutrition is needed for a healthy lifestyle. If you have a diagnosed deficiency, experience malabsorption issues, or consume a limited or restrictive diet, you may benefit from a vitamin or mineral supplement.

    Paralysis by Analysis: The Cost of Too Much Info in the Fitness Industry

    Originally, I planned to start this article by listing off the swath of diet methods and fads, fat loss gimmicks and workouts, muscle-building rep ranges, and tempos, etc.; but I got so frustrated and winded, just writing it all that my heart rate variability monitor told me to change course.

    Op-Ed: 7 Tips To Live A Happier Life

    Being present is so simple, yet something we often forget and take advantage of. When spending time with loved ones, sitting at a cafe, or spending time in nature, putting the phone away in the purse and living in the present is so important. Unplugging and living in the present helps to live a happier life the next time you have a coffee date, leave the phone in the car. On average, a teenager today spends 7 hours and 22 minutes daily on their phone. That’s 50 hours a week. I get it your friends are snap chatting with you when you are with grandma, and FOMO is hitting, but seriously how many dates will you be able to go on with your grandparents? I’m going to take a leap and assume you’re not with them 50 hours a week like you are with your phone.

    Is CBD Worth the Hype?

    CBD recently had an early upsurge in the wellness marketplace prior to the widespread legalization of marijuana, boasting a wide range of health benefits for potential users who want an alternative to typical baseline medications for a host of health issues ranging from mild to relatively severe. All of these benefits are without the intoxicating effects of CBD’s festival-going sister, marijuana.

    Fentanyl Epidemic in Florida: How to Stay Safe During Spring Break

    Florida is one of the most popular states to travel to for spring break, more specifically South Florida. The whole month of March is a hot spot for beach cities like Fort Lauderdale and Miami. With all the crazy college kids, comes all the crazy partying. South Florida has been known for a variety of bad things that happen during spring break, such as theft, drinks getting spiked, and one of the biggest issues to this day-overdosing. Take extra precaution this year to ensure you have a safe, but still fun spring break.

    Xylazine or “Tranq” is Causing Overdoses Across the U.S to Skyrocket

    Also known as the “zombie drug,” Xylazine is not a controlled substance in the United States. The drug is sold legitimately through pharmaceutical distributors in liquid form and sold in vials or preloaded syringes for veterinary use, but it is also sold on other internet sites in liquid and powder form where it can be readily purchased, often with no requirements to prove legitimate needs and is inexpensive, according to the DEA.

    Hey! Are you enjoying NYCTastemakers? Make sure to join our mailing list for NYCTM and never miss the chance to read all of our articles!