Payam Javan: The FDA has issued a warning against the use of 26 different types of over-the-counter eye drops from major brands, including CVS, Rite Aid, and Target, due to an elevated risk of serious eye infections.
The products, intended to be sterile, were found to pose a potential risk of harm to users, with the FDA recommending a recall after an inspection revealed unsanitary conditions in the manufacturing facility.
While CVS, Rite Aid, and Target are removing the products, Leader, Rugby, and Velocity products may still be available online and should be avoided.
The FDA has not received adverse incident reports, but the recall follows concerns about bacterial contamination in eye drops earlier this year, which were linked to cases of vision loss and deaths. The recent recall is not confirmed to be linked to Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a bacteria associated with a previous outbreak.