Recently, EzriCare Artificial Tears have been voluntarily recalled by its manufacturer, Global Pharma Healthcare, for its connection to an eighteen-state cluster of eye infections. This eye drop product is the main product named by victims of anti-biotic-resistant eye infections that have caused vision loss.
EzriCare Artificial Tears have been contaminated by a dangerous bacteria named Pseudomonas aeruginosa due to negligent practices at Global Pharma Healthcare manufacturing plants.
The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) observed the operating practices at a Global Pharma Healthcare manufacturing plant for nearly two weeks and found sterility issues that could have contributed to the contamination.
During their investigation, they found the manufacturing plant used unclean equipment and manufactured products in unsterile environments. Global Pharma Healthcare’s negligence can leave them liable for damages in EzriCare Artificial Tears lawsuits.
Eye Infections Caused by EzriCare Artificial Tears
EzriCare Artificial Tears is a preservative-free eye drop product used to combat the symptoms of dry eyes. Despite its reputation for helping soothe dry eye symptoms, many people have filed product liability lawsuits to hold the manufacturer, Global Pharma Healthcare, accountable for exposing consumers to dangerous bacteria.
Recently, there have been 81 cases of eye infections across eighteen states caused by eye drop products like EzriCare Artificial Tears. These eye infections result from EzriCare Artificial Tears’ contamination by the harmful bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which can cause eye infections that resist antibiotics.
EzriCare Artificial Tears Voluntarily Recalled by Manufacturer
In January 2023, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) warned consumers about the dangers of EzriCare Artificial Tears. They observed what was happening with the initial outbreak cluster of eye infections. The CDC determined artificial tears products were the cause, with EzriCare Artificial Tears being one of the most prominent brands.
The following month, Global Pharma Healthcare issued a voluntary recall of all EzriCare Artificial Tears products. They recalled the products due to fear of contamination by Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which can cause eye infections resulting in vision loss and possibly death.
Following the recall, the CDC and Federal Drug Administration (FDA) teamed up with state and local health departments to investigate the cause of bacterial contamination causing eye infections across the United States.
FDA Found Sterility Concerns at EzriCare Artificial Tears Manufacturing Plant
Between February 20th and March 2nd, 2023, federal inspectors from the FDA visited a Global Pharma Healthcare manufacturing plant in India. During their inspection, they found nearly a dozen safety hazards that could have contributed to the bacterial contamination of EzriCare Artificial Tears.
The following are some safety concerns reported by the FDA about a Global Pharma Healthcare manufacturing plant:
- Lack of proper sterility and manufacturing protocols
- Improper use and cleaning of manufacturing equipment
- Lack of clean workspaces
- Failure to test chemical compounds before using them for manufacturing products
- Nails and nail holes in a room for product packaging
Global Pharma Healthcare Negligence Could Have Caused Bacterial Contamination
The unsterile working environments and the improper protocols for manufacturing products could have contributed to the bacterial infection of EzriCare Artificial Tears. Manufacturing facilities must have a clean, sterile environment to reduce the risk of bacterial contamination. Global Pharma Healthcare failed to do this and did not follow proper precautions to manufacture their products safely.
Global Pharma Healthcare’s failure to adhere to proper protocols is negligent behavior that could have led to bacterial contamination. Victims of EzriCare Artificial Tears eye infections can hold Global Pharma Healthcare accountable for damages caused by their negligence.
Filing an EzriCare Artificial Tears Lawsuit
EzriCare Artificial Tears eye infection victims can suffer significant damages, such as medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. They can experience economic damages because serious eye infections can require extensive medical treatment.
Victims may also require time off work to recover from their serious medical condition, resulting in lost wages. Non-economic damages can also result from eye infections, as pain and vision loss can harm a person’s quality of life.
Victims of eye infections from EzriCare Artificial Tears can file a product liability lawsuit with Global Pharma Healthcare to hold them accountable for damages caused by their dangerous product. EzriCare Artificial Tears litigation is still in its early stages, as the eye infection outbreak happened in 2022. It may take a while for litigation to take shape, but filing a lawsuit early can help you start the process of recovering compensatory damages.
Should EzriCare Artificial Tears Eye Infection Victims Hire a Product Liability Lawyer?
It’s essential for EzriCare Artificial Tears eye infection victims to hire a product liability lawyer. They will have experience holding at-fault parties accountable for dangerous products. They will know what steps you need to take to put yourself in a position to recover fair compensatory damages. You likely do not have product liability lawsuit experience, so having someone in your corner that can help immensely as you advance through the process.
An experienced product liability lawyer can help you determine the value of your lawsuit, file the necessary paperwork, gather evidence, and negotiate a settlement with the at-fault party’s insurance company.
EzriCare Artificial Tears lawsuits may consolidate into multi-district litigation (MDL) to help with the stress of multiple lawsuits on the U.S. court system. If that does happen, an experienced product liability lawyer can walk you through what that means and help you handle the process properly.
Contact The Russo Firm for Help With Your EzriCare Artificial Tears Lawsuit
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Take advantage of our free consultations to see how our product liability lawyers can help with your EzriCare Artificial Tears eye infection lawsuit. Contact us for a free case evaluation today at (561) 270-0913 or leave a message on our online contact page.