Artificial Tears Lawsuit: Join the Legal Action Against EzriCare & Delsam Pharma
Has your loved one suffered due to dangerous artificial tears? Legal action could be your next step.
If your family member has experienced harmful health effects after using specific artificial tears products, you may have the right to seek compensation.
What Happened with the Artificial Tears?
Certain artificial tears products, namely EzriCare Artificial Tears, Delsam Pharma’s Artificial Tears, and Delsam Pharma’s Artificial Ointment, were contaminated with a dangerous strain of bacteria called Pseudomonas aeruginosa. This contamination has led to a multitude of serious health problems, sparking numerous lawsuits against the manufacturers.
Official Warning from the CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and state health departments, have issued an official warning about a multistate outbreak of this dangerous, drug-resistant bacteria strain, VIM-GES-CRPA.
As of May 15, 2023, there are 81 confirmed cases in 18 states. The majority of these patients have used artificial tears products, with EzriCare being the most frequently reported brand. The CDC and FDA have advised people to immediately stop using and discard these products.
Citations: FDA Warning 1 FDA Warning 2 CDC Outbreak Warning Emergency CDC Outbreak Warning
In the News
Media outlets have extensively covered this alarming health crisis. The bacteria have caused severe health issues, including vision loss, surgical eyeball removal, and even death. Lab tests have found the outbreak strain in opened EzriCare bottles, confirming its role in the outbreak.
In response, Global Pharma, the product manufacturer, based in Chennai, India, voluntarily recalled EzriCare Artificial Tears, Delsam Pharma Artificial Tears, and Delsam Pharma Artificial Ointment. Investigations and further testing of these products are ongoing.
Citations: Guardian NBCnews 1 NBCNews 2 ABCNews 1
Legal Actions and Lawsuit Claims
Multiple lawsuits have been filed against EzriCare and Delsam Pharma, alleging that their contaminated artificial tears caused bacterial infections, leading to serious health complications and death.
- Enduring severe eye infections and continued vision damage, despite undergoing extensive antibiotic treatment and surgery
- Manufacturer negligence in ensuring product safety, leading to the outbreak and subsequent product recall
- Retailers such as Walmart and Amazon are also named in lawsuits for selling the contaminated products
Some notable legal actions are:
- March 2023: Riley Kerkhoff files an EzriCare lawsuit in New Jersey after suffering from vision damage. The same month, the CDC reports an increase in Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections across 16 states.
- February 2023: Teresa Phillips files one of the initial individual EzriCare injury lawsuits in Florida following complications from an eye infection. Richard Mosley files the first Personal Injury: Health Care/Pharmaceutical Personal Injury Product Liability lawsuit in Kentucky, demanding full purchase price refunds for EzriCare products.
- January 2023: CDC links 55 cases of Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections across 12 states to EzriCare Artificial Tears.
Legal experts anticipate an influx of artificial tears lawsuits, which may be consolidated into multidistrict litigation (MDL).
Can I Join the Lawsuit?
If your family member has used any of the contaminated artificial tears and suffered health complications as a result, you might be eligible to join the lawsuit. Start the legal process today and seek the justice your loved one deserves.
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