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Several severe types of infections have been linked to over-the-counter eye drops for dry eyes, EzriCare® Artificial Tears, including those that may permanently damage vision. In a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), carbapenem-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa (CRPA) was found in lubricant eye drops, leading the CDC to recommend immediately discontinuing their use.
If you or a loved one have developed an eye infection or experienced vision loss after using EzriCare Artificial Tears, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit and pursue compensation. This comprehensive guide provides you with the latest updates on the EzriCare Artificial Tears lawsuit, the dangers of carbapenem-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa (CRPA), and who can file a lawsuit.
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EzriCare Artificial Tears Lawsuit Updates:
As of January 31, 2023, the CDC has identified 55 patients with CRPA across 12 states, including California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Nevada, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin. Using artificial tears or eye drops before developing the CRPA infection is believed to be the most common exposure. There has been one reported death (bloodstream infection), and other severe injuries including, permanent loss of vision.
CDC Recommends Immediately Discontinuing Using EzriCare Artificial Tears
On February 1, 2023, the CDC urged health care providers and consumers to immediately discontinue the use of EzriCare Artificial Tears after discovering the presence of the dangerous bacteria, Pseudomonas aeruginosa. This bacteria is resistant to carbapenem, an antibiotic used to treat complicated bacterial infections. The CDC’s study found an outbreak of infections related to carbapenem-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa (CRPA), with many patients reporting using EzriCare Artificial Tears eye drops. In addition, testing conducted in a laboratory on opened bottles of eye drops confirmed the presence of CRPA.
On February 2, 2023, Global Pharma Healthcare, manufacturer of EzriCare Artificial Tears, announced a voluntary recall, advising that the use of contaminated artificial tears can result in the risk of eye infections that could result in blindness.
What Is Carbapenem-Resistant Pseudomonas Aeruginosa?
Carbapenem-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a type of bacteria resistant to carbapenem antibiotics and can cause infections throughout the body, such as in the blood, lungs, and eyes. Pseudomonas can be found in various environments, including water and dirt, and the specific strain, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, can cause infections to develop within humans.
Eye infections related to CRPA can cause severe injuries including, permanent vision loss, and even death. Unfortunately, Pseudomonas aeruginosa can evolve and become resistant to antibiotics like carbapenem, making infections caused by this type of bacteria more challenging to treat.
Symptoms of CRPA
Using eye drops that contain CRPA can result in serious health issues, including eye infections. Some symptoms of CRPA-related eye infections include conjunctivitis (pink eye), endophthalmitis (inflammation of intraocular fluids), keratitis (inflammation of the cornea), pain or vision loss, and other infections. In severe cases, CRPA can even result in death.
If you or a loved one have experienced these symptoms after using EzriCare Artificial Tears, you may be eligible to file an EzriCare lawsuit and pursue compensation. Contact Anapol Weiss today to learn more about your options.
EzriCare Lawsuit Eligibility
To be eligible to file an EzriCare lawsuit, you must have used the eye drops and developed an eye infection or experienced vision loss. Therefore, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible if you believe your infection is related to using EzriCare Artificial Tears. Your doctor will be able to diagnose and treat your condition and also provide you with any necessary documentation for your lawsuit.
The Importance of Seeking Legal Representation
In a lawsuit against a large corporation, it is important to have legal representation to protect your rights and help you pursue the compensation you deserve. At Anapol Weiss, our attorneys have a proven track record of success in product liability cases, including those involving dangerous and defective drugs and medical devices.
We understand the emotional and financial toll that a product liability lawsuit can take, which is why we are dedicated to providing compassionate and aggressive representation to help you get the compensation you need to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages.
Contact Anapol Weiss for a Free Case Evaluation
If you or a loved one has experienced health issues after using EzriCare Artificial Tears,
contact Anapol Weiss today for a free case evaluation. Our attorneys will review your case and help you determine if you have a claim. So don’t wait to take action. Call us today to learn more about your legal options.
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Who Can File an EzriCare Lawsuit?
If you or a loved one has experienced health issues after using EzriCare Artificial Tears, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit and pursue compensation for your injuries. Anapol Weiss can provide a free case evaluation to help you determine your options.