Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Acanthamoeba Keratitis From Contact Lens Solution? FDA To Intensify Investigation While Lawyers Prepare Class Action Suits? ~by Legal Pub


Contacts are suppose to help improve one's ability to see. Multipurpose contact solution is suppose to make it more convenient for 34 million Americans to enjoy clearer vision. However, federal regulators are likely to mandate stricter testing requirements for contact lens solutions because two popular formulas have been linked to eye infections. The Food and Drug Administration is considering proposals aimed at improving the safety of solutions. But will the FDA go far enough?
New testing standards for contacts and updated labeling are likely to include instructions to gently rub lenses during the cleaning process. (Will Optometrists also be sued for not instructing their patients to do so?)
Multipurpose solutions effectiveness has been questioned since Bausch & Lomb and American Medical Optics removed their products from the market in 2006 and 2007 after an outbreak of eye infections. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded that Bausch & Lomb's MoistureLoc solution played a key role in 180 Fusarium keratitis fungal infections. (This infection can cause blindness.) Bausch and Lomb and the FDA want to ensure that the current product, Renu Multiplus, remains safe. Renu's labeling does not currently advise patients to rub their contacts. The FDA will decide if such labelling should be mandated. The FDA will also decide whether solutions should be tested against a wider range of bacteria. (Acanthamoeba keratitis is not currently among the bacteria and fungi FDA requires products be tested against.)

Dr. Elmer Tu, professor of clinical ophthalmology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, reports that infections have continued despite AMO pulling its product off the market. He believes that competing products may also be susceptible to the same type of infection. "If the outbreak is continuing and the current solutions are not working than there needs to be more research into how to reduce that risk," explains Dr. Tu.
In the mean time, T.V. ads encouraging contact wearers to contact the advertising law firm to join in possible class action lawsuits. What do optometrists have to say about potential litigation? So far, most have remained silent...

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Source of future legal revenues?

Anonymous said...

Only folks who make money in class action is the darn lawyers. And we all know how badly plaintiff lawyers are struggling....

sheesh!

Ms Calabaza said...

. . .hmmmmmmm, was this product made in China? It's a conspiracy, I tell ya . . .

Anonymous said...

My eyes stung just reading the article

Anonymous said...

Maybe you have a law suit?

Frat Boy from a Cornfield said...

I once knew a guy who was blind as a bat,

He tried to wear contacts because his glasses were fat,

They killed his eyes, made them dry as sand,

He and his buddies drank so much they started a band,

They went off to the bars and drank even more,

My friend started to stumble and walk into doors,

He flunked out of college, couldn't make it in school,

But he was happy in the end because he looked so cool.

NO GLASSES

Legal Pub said...

Great Poem! You have a talent for prose. I suspect you are also a lawyer which makes for a fantastic combination.

Legal Pub said...

Canadian class action information:

http://www.merchantlaw.com/contact_solution.html

Anonymous said...

San Francisco lawyers to contact for class action information:

http://productliability.cprlaw.com/Consumers-File-Nationwide-Class-Action-Against-Contact-Lens-Solution-Manufacturer--3-7842-218.html

Anonymous said...

Got a claim?

http://www.alexanderlaw.com/intergel/index.html

dollar bill said...

My eyes do water...

Dollar Bill

Anonymous said...

They would water even more if you put tap water on your lense and stuck it in your eye, dollar bill!

Anonymous said...

This was a site for sore eyes!

Legal Pub said...

These lawsuits do apparently have some merit.

Legal Pub said...

These lawsuits do apparently have some merit.

Anonymous said...

good hygene will prevent most problems. If you do get an infection, prompt medical treatment should take care of it.

Anonymous said...

Good info. But I need to come back with a medical dictionairy.

Anonymous said...

I gave up contacts after reading this one.

Anonymous said...

This is about as scary as it gets when it comes to eye infections.