Amazon has voluntarily removed seven brands of eye drops from its shelves in response to a warning letter issued by the Food & Drug Administration regarding potential safety concerns.
Eye drops, marketed as a homeopathic treatment for pink eye, dry eyes, cataracts, irritation due to dust or other allergens, are considered “new drugs” whose sale has not been approved. yet been formally approved by the FDA, according to the warning. notice.
The warning letter comes after the agency recalled lots of eye drop products in recent weeks, including more than two dozen eye drop products sold by CVS Health, Leader (Cardinal Health), Rugby (Cardinal Health), Rite Aid, Target, Velocity Pharma and Walmart were recalled “after FDA investigators found unsanitary conditions,” USA Today previously reported.
Other eye drop products have been recalled in previous months, once in August and again in February due to possible contamination, infections, vision loss, a handful of deaths and other adverse conditions, CNN reported.
The online sales giant has already started the process of removing all traces of these products from its site.
“Security is a top priority at Amazon. We require that all products offered in our store comply with applicable laws and regulations. The products in question have been investigated and are being removed,” a company spokesperson told CNN.
Here’s what we know.
Warning:FDA Recalls 27 More Eye Drops: What You Need to Know as a Consumer
Which eye drop products has Amazon voluntarily recalled?
What makes the sale and distribution of these ophthalmic products particularly concerning is that they pose a greater risk of harm “because the route of administration of these products circumvents some of the body’s natural defenses”, according to the FDA.
The recalled products are not “generally recognized as safe and effective” based on the claims made for their intended use.
They are therefore classified as “new drugs” by the FDA. New drugs cannot be introduced or delivered for introduction into interstate commerce without an FDA-approved application.
Here is a list of recalled products:
- Similasan Pink Eye Relief
- The Goodbye Company Pink Eye
- Can-C Eye Drops
- Optical 1 Eye Drops
- OcluMed Eye Drops
- TRP Natural Eye Floaters Relief
- Manzanilla Sophia and Chamomile Herbal Eye Drops
What should I do if I have already consumed the product?
If you experience signs or symptoms of a potential infection, the FDA recommended that consumers speak to their health care provider immediately or seek prompt medical attention.
Adverse reactions to eye drops, such as discharge, redness, or pain, may indicate an infection. People should also check a product’s expiration date before use, American Academy of Ophthalmology spokesperson Dr. Christopher Starr told CBS.
Consumers should also dispose of eye drops properly, according to guidelines established by the FDA. Users of eye drop products who experience a serious reaction as a result of a recalled product can file a report online with the FDA.
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