According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), EzriCare Artificial Tears are causing havoc across America as many people are finding out that they have Pseudomonas aeruginosa eye infections. This type of eye infection is not only resistant to antibiotics, but it is also leading to several people becoming blind, needing their eyeball removed, or even dying. Therefore, after using EzriCare Artificial Tears, a contaminated over-the-counter eye drop product, you may be curious to know who can be held accountable for your injuries.
What exactly are Pseudomonas aeruginosa eye infections?
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a type of bacteria that is constantly changing and becoming resistant to many medications and antibiotics. This bacterium can cause severe and deadly infections in humans. It looks for wet environments to live in, making the eyes a good place for it to occupy.
The bacteria is known to lead to sepsis, bacteremia, and pneumonia, all of which are extremely dangerous to the human body. Therefore, when Pseudomonas aeruginosa enters the eyes, it often leads to urinary tract infections, permanent vision loss, needing the eyeballs removed, or death.
If this type of infection is not caught early enough, it can spread and affect other organs and body parts as well. Therefore, if you think that you may have an eye infection after using EzriCare eye drops, it is highly suggested that you seek medical attention as quickly as possible.
Has EzriCare Artificial Tears Been Recalled?
Global Pharma, the manufacturer of EzriCare Artificial Tears, issued a voluntary recall on the eye drop product. The reasoning that they gave for the recall is the possibility of contamination. Therefore, anyone who uses or owns this product is urged to stop using it immediately.
Who can be held accountable for injuries caused by this over-the-counter eye drop product?
First and foremost, the manufacturer of the over-the-counter eye drop product can be held accountable for your illnesses and injuries. The company that makes EzriCare eye drops is called Global Pharma. The products are made in India and transported to the United States for purchase. While there is no clear answer yet as to how EzriCare Artificial Tears became contaminated, Global Pharma is responsible for ensuring that consumers do not become harmed when using their products.
CBS News reported that the FDA placed Global Pharma on its “red list” before the issue with EzriCare eye drops emerged. That said, the manufacturer was already having problems meeting the FDA’s guidelines. Some of the reasons the FDA gave for red listing the company include not responding to record requests, not conducting required testing, not ensuring packaging is tamper-evident, and more.
Since the FDA had already placed Global Pharma on its red list, there is a good chance that stores such as Walmart and Amazon may also be held accountable in an EzriCare eye drop lawsuit. The reason for this is because they continued to sell the products even though the company was on the FDA’s red list. After learning about the problems with Global Pharma, these retailers should not have chosen to ignore them. Instead, they should have pulled them off their shelves and websites to prevent any potential injuries or illnesses from occurring.
Which states have received reports of eye infections by the eye drops?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 16 states have been affected by EzriCare eye drops so far, which include: Wisconsin, Washington, Utah, Texas, South Dakota, Pennsylvania, Nevada, New York, New Mexico, New Jersey, North Carolina, Illinois, Florida, Connecticut, Colorado, and California. This list is expected to expand. Therefore, if you do not see your state on this list, it does not mean that you cannot get or already have an eye infection from using EzriCare eye drops.
Have you been injured by EzriCare eye drops? If so, contact Kwartler Manus LLC today.
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