EzriCare Artificial Tears, a brand of eye drops from Walmart, has been linked to a deadly outbreak of infections in Texas and other states.
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Eye Drops Linked to Infection Outbreak in Texas
In February 2023, health officials warned that EzriCare Artificial Tears and Delsam Pharma Artificial Tears were linked to an outbreak of at least 68 infections, including 3 deaths, in Texas and 15 other states between May 2022 and January 2023.
As of March 21, 2023, the CDC reported that 68 people in 16 states (CA, CO, CT, FL, IL, NC, NJ, NM, NY, NV, PA, SD, TX, UT, WA, WI) were infected with “a rare strain of extensively drug-resistant P. aeruginosa.” Three people died and there were 12 reports of vision loss, including 4 people who had to have their eyeball surgically removed.
EzriCare Eye Drops Linked to Blindness, Hospitalization & Death
The infections linked to EzriCare Eye Drops were linked to reports of permanent vision loss, hospitalizion, and 1 person who died when the infection spread to their bloodstream, according to the CDC:
Patient outcomes include permanent vision loss resulting from ocular infection, hospitalization, and death of one patient with bloodstream infection.”
EzriCare Artificial Tears are preservative-free, which means they do not contain any ingredients to kill bacteria. They were sold at Walmart and other stores nationwide.
Opened bottles of EzriCare Artificial Tears tested positive for the bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a germ that is common in soil and water. It is sometimes called a “superbug” because it is highly antibiotic-resistant.
The CDC warned that this strain of Pseudomonas was resistant to carbapenem antibiotics, as well as ceftazidime and cefepime.
Where Were Infections Reported?
The infections were reported in 13 states, including Texas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Nevada, Utah, Washington state and Wisconsin. Other states may also be impacted by the outbreak.
What Should I Do?
Clinicians and consumers should NOT use EzriCare Artificial Tears Lubricant Eye Drops (Carboxymethylcellulose Sodium, 10mg in 1mL) in ½ fl. oz (15mL) containers (NDC: 79503-0101-15).
What is the Risk?
- Eye infection
- Vision loss
- Bloodstream infection
Pseudomonas Bacteria in Hospital Settings
Pseudomonas is sometimes called a “superbug” because it can resist many antibiotics, making treatment very difficult. According to the CDC, multidrug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa caused an estimated 32,600 infections among hospitalized patients and 2,700 estimated deaths in the United States.
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