Florida woman loses eye due to bacteria-infected droplets
A resident of Miramar (Florida) filed a complaint with the court. In her lawsuit, she claims she lost her eye after using eye drops, which have now been withdrawn due to possible bacterial contamination. Writes about it NBC Miami.
Clara Oliva said it was very difficult for her after she developed a painful infection in her right eye last year.
According to her, she spent a month fighting the disease with various drugs, antibiotics and even surgery. When all else failed, doctors were left with no choice but to remove the entire eye.
Oliva had a hard time understanding what had happened until her clinic called her in November asking her to stop using the eye drops.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning that their use "increases the risk of eye infection, which can lead to blindness or even death."
"They do not contain the preservatives that are used to combat bacterial contamination in these products," Oliva's attorney, Natasha Cortez, said.
According to the FDA, at least 55 adverse reactions have been reported nationwide, including eye infections, permanent vision loss, and even one death from a blood infection. The drops were sold under the brands EzriCare and Delsam Pharma.
Now both the manufacturer and distributors have placed warnings on their pages. But for Oliva, who has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributors and the medical center that gave her the drops as part of her medical plan, it is already too late.
The lawyer said she was telling her story to warn others.
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“Most likely, many people who have experienced infections do not know about it, like Oliva before,” said Cortez.
When the FDA issued the alert, EzriCare said they were unaware of testing that definitely linked the bacterial outbreak to their eye drops, but took immediate action to stop further distribution or sale of EzriCare drops.
The company explained: “We have contacted customers to warn them to stop using the product. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the FDA were immediately contacted and expressed their willingness to cooperate with any of their requests.
These drops were sold without a prescription, so health authorities are urging anyone in possession of them to stop using them immediately.
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