Another eye-dropping recall pulls 27 products from store shelves


FDA warns against using 26 eye drops due to risk of infection


FDA warns against using 26 eye drops due to risk of infection

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Another eye drop recall is pulling 27 products from store shelves, including store-brand products sold at retailers such as CVS, Rite Aid, Target and Walmart, with the recall about three weeks after the US Food and Drug Administration warned people not to buy or use the eye drops.

Kilitch Healthcare India is recalling eye drops with expiration dates from November 2023 to September 2025, citing “potential safety concerns after FDA investigators found outliers,” according to a news release release Posted on Wednesday by the agency. You can see the full list of recalled eye drops here.

The FDA cited a “risk of eye infections that could result in partial vision loss or blindness” in a late October advisory against using the products with the agency saying its investigators found unsanitary conditions and “positive bacterial test results” from areas of an unidentified manufacturing facility.

Some of the eye drops may have already been removed from storesas earlier this month, the FDA said CVS, Rite Aid and Target pulled the products from their shelves and websites.

The recall notice said that distributors and retailers who have any of the recalled products should stop distributing them. In the meantime, consumers should stop using the recalled eye drops and return the products where they purchased them, the FDA said.

Unhygienic conditions

Bloomberg News reported that Kilitch produced the eye drops in an unsanitary factory in India, where some workers went barefoot and others fabricated test results purporting to show the products were sterile.

The FDA’s warning prompted Cardinal Health in early November to remind of six Leader brand eye products, while Harvard Drug Group recalled Rugby Laboratories brand eye drops.

Earlier this year, the FDA announced a wave of eye drop product recalls associated with four deaths and several cases of vision loss. In August, they warned against using two more eye drop products due to the risk of bacterial or fungal contamination.

Eye drop products, which must be sterile to be safe, require “much finer oversight on the manufacturing side to make sure there’s no contamination whatsoever,” Carri Chan, a business professor at Columbia University, told CBS MoneyWatch last week in reference to the wave of recalls.


Good question: What guidelines should we follow when buying eye drops?

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The FDA keeps one updated list of eye drop products that consumers should discard. Users can also consult an eye drop manufacturer’s website to check if a product has been recalled.

Dr. Christopher Starr, a spokesman for the American Academy of Ophthalmology, said people should seek medical attention immediately if they experience adverse reactions to their eye drops, CBS MoneyWatch told. Signs of an infection typically include discharge, redness or pain. Consumers should also check a product’s expiration date before use.

—Elizabeth Napolitano contributed to this report.


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