There have been recent reports linking EzriCare artificial tears drops to serious bacterial infections that have resulted in vision damage and even death. Shiner Law Group is accepting artificial tears infection lawsuits from individuals who suffered severe injuries from an infection caused by the recall of EzriCare artificial tear drops.
There may be significant financial compensation available for individuals who have suffered vision loss or other serious health consequences as a result of a bacterial infection caused by artificial tear drops.
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Infection Outbreak Linked to EzriCare Artificial Tears
CDC has issued a health alert to doctors nationwide about an outbreak of carbapenem-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa (CRPA), a bacteria that can cause serious infections.
CDC testing identified CRPA in opened bottles of eye drops. Of the patients who could recall the eye drops they used, 85% said they used EzriCare Artificial Tears brand, a preservative-free product in multi-dose bottles.
EzriCare is preservative-free and can be used multiple times, which increases the risk of bacterial overgrowth.
Recall of EzriCare Artificial Tears
Multiple versions of the lubricant eye drops sold in 11.2 ounce (15 ml) bottles were recalled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on February 2. Eye drops were recalled that were packaged in boxes with the following UPC and NDC codes and sold under the brand names EzriCare and Delsam:
- Ezricare: NDC 79503-0101-15, UPC 3 79503 10115 7
- Delsam Pharma: NDC 72570-121-15, UPC 3 72570 12115 8
At least 55 individuals developed Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections after using eye drops between May 2022 and January 2023, most of whom reported using Artificial Tears products.
There have been multiple reports of people suffering eye infections after using Artificial Tears that resulted in permanent blindness, while at least one person died from a severe bloodstream infection.
What Should You Do If You’ve Used EzriCare Eye Drops?
If you have recently used EzriCare or Deslam Pharma preservative-free artificial tears, the CDC encourages caution and vigilance to ensure any sign of an infection is dealt with promptly. Symptoms to watch out for include eye pain or discomfort, eye discharge, redness of the eye/eyelid, feeling as though there’s something in your eye, light sensitivity and blurred vision. These drops and ointment must be stopped being used and discarded.
Do I Have An EzriCare Lawsuit?
If you have experienced vision loss, blindness, or infections after using either Delsam Pharma or EzriCare Artificial Tears, you may be able to file an EzriCare eye drops lawsuit.
There are also known side effects such as:
- Infection of the eye
- Permanent or Partial Blindness
- Infection of the bloodstream
- Other injuries or infections caused by eye drops
Getting a claim started is as easy as calling Shiner Law Group directly at (800) 364-4444 for free or filling out our online free case evaluation form below. As soon as we receive your contact information, our intake staff will assist you with the claims process, which usually takes only a few minutes to complete. If you have an eye injury caused by either Delsam Pharma or EzriCare Artificial Tears, please keep a copy of your medical diagnosis.
What is the Process for Filing a Lawsuit Against EzriCare?
Shiner Law Group understands how difficult this time can be for you and your family. We handle every step of the legal process for you at no upfront costs or out-of-pocket costs.
You may be surprised to learn how little work you have to do when you work with an experienced team of EzriCare lawyers.
EzriCare cases can be handled by our team in the following ways:
- Get a free case evaluation to see if you qualify for legal action
- To build a strong case, gather evidence such as medical records and testimony
- Filing your EzriCare lawsuit within the statutes of limitations
- Achieve a settlement with the defendant(s) in the EzriCare lawsuit
- Present your case in court
Get the money you deserve and pay nothing upfront or out of pocket ever. We only get paid if you win, which is the Shiner Free Guarantee. Contact Shiner Law Group today at (800) 364-4444.
Timeline of the Ezricare Eye Drop Lawsuit
Most recent Update (as of March 10, 2023).
March 8, 2023: The outbreak of contamination-linked infections that began last month has resulted in two more companies issuing voluntary recalls for their eye drops. Last week, Pharmedica USA announced a recall for its Purely Soothing brand, due to the risk of potentially blinding eye infections. Apotex Corp. also reported that their brimonidine tartrate ophthalmic solution for open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension had cracked bottle caps, prompting their recall as well. This follows EzriCare and Delsam Pharma’s recalls last month, after their respective eye drops were linked to infections in California, Connecticut, Florida, Utah, and eight other states.
February 22, 2023: Global Pharma agreed to recall Delsam Pharma’s Artificial Eye Ointment.
February 21, 2023: Due to potential bacterial contamination, FDA is now warning consumers and healthcare professionals not to purchase or use Delsam Pharma’s Artificial Eye Ointment in addition to Artificial Tears products. Global Pharma Healthcare Private Limited manufactures this over-the-counter sterile product.
February 16, 2023: A recall of Delsam eye drops was also issued.
February 14, 2023: A federal court class action lawsuit has been filed alleging consumer fraud relating to the sale of contaminated EzriCare Artificial Tears lubricating eye drops. Individual lawsuits alleging personal injury claims by people harmed by the eye drops are expected to follow this lawsuit as soon as possible.
February 2, 2023: A potential bacterial contamination has been identified in EzriCare Artificial Tears and Delsam Pharma’s Artificial Tears. The FDA is warning consumers and health care practitioners to stop using them immediately. It is possible to become blind or die if you use contaminated artificial tears. If you notice signs or symptoms of an eye infection, call your health care provider or see a doctor right away.
Global Pharma Healthcare Private Limited manufactures these sterile over-the-counter products.
January 31, 2023: A total of 55 patients in 12 states were identified with infections caused by a strain of extensively drug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria between May and January. Most of the affected individuals had used EzriCare Artificial Tears, a preservative-free product dispensed in multidose bottles, prior to their condition. Over 10 brands of artificial tears were reported to have been used by the patients, with some having utilized multiple brands. In light of this, CDC and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are conducting an investigation into the infections. This was determined to be the only common artificial tears product across the four healthcare facility clusters.
May 15, 2022: The CDC reports the first bacterial infection linked to EzriCare eye drops.
Speak With a Lawyer About Filing a Contaminated Eyedrops Lawsuit
Anyone who has suffered injuries from an infection caused by EzriCare eye drops can speak with a lawyer at Shiner Law Group for a 100% free case evaluation by calling (800) 364-4444. You can also fill out our free online case consultation by filling in the form below.
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