A death, cases of blindness… a drug causes serious infections in the United States

A death, cases of blindness… a drug causes serious infections in the United States

| Saturday 18 March 2023

A rare bacterium found in eye drops has caused several dozen cases of infection in the United States, with some patients even losing their sight while one person has died. The drug has since been withdrawn from sale.

The drops in question (Artificial Tears Lubricant Eye Drops) were produced by EzriCare and Delsam Pharma. Currently, 68 patients in 16 US states have been identified after being infected with the bacterium “pseudomonas aeruginosa”.

Health services in the United States have been informed of eight cases of people having lost their sight and one death

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