Three people have died and eight others have lost their vision after using eye drops contaminated with a rare bacteria that were bought at pharmacies across the US. As of March 14, 68 patients in 16 states have been infected with this ‘rare strain’ of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, according to an update by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Among those who used the bacteria-laced Artificial Tears eye drops, four patients had to have their eyeballs removed as a result.
Global Pharma Healthcare recalled its Artificial Tears Lubricant Eye Drops that were distributed by EzriCare and Delsam Pharma last month. Typically, the product is used for people suffering with dry eyes who need extra lubrication. The drops had been sold at drug stores across the country, including Walmart, Target, and CVS, and on Amazon, though the products have since been pulled. Health authorities are continuing to track infections as they investigate the outbreak in 16 states, including California, New York, Illinois, Texas and Pennsylvania.
For now the best advise is, don’t purchase any eye drops!