There have been a wave of eye drop recalls this year, with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announcing a nationwide voluntary recall of another 27 products.
On Oct. 27, the agency released a list of 26 products that consumers should not purchase and should stop using due to “the potential risk of eye infections that could result in partial vision loss or blindness.”
A few days later, the FDA added one more product to the list.
The products are marketed under the following brands, the agency stated in its announcement:
“Ophthalmic drug products pose a potential heightened risk of harm to users because drugs applied to the eyes bypass some of the body’s natural defenses,” the FDA noted.
The agency called for the manufacturers to recall all lots of the specified products due to “unsanitary conditions in the manufacturing facility and positive bacterial test results from environmental sampling of critical drug production areas in the facility.”
Consumers should “properly discard” the products, the FDA recommended.
“The recent uptick in recalls has been linked to potential bacterial contamination due to unsanitary and inferior quality manufacturing facilities that did not meet the required FDA ‘good practices’ in manufacturing,” Dr.