Recall Issued for Eye Wash with Microbial Contamination


FDA warns the use of the contaminated eye wash in hospitals and pharmacies could cause a sight-threatening infection.

United Exchange Corp has issued a nationwide recall of their eye washes due to microbial contamination.

The first recall, issued September 6, 2016, addressed all eye wash and eye irrigating solutions distributed by Major Pharmaceuticals and Rugby Laboratories. The company is a source vendor for both Rugby-branded Eye Irrigating Solution and Major-branded Eye Wash, according to the FDA.

These products should consist of a purified water solution designed to remove foreign materials from the eye and relieve associated irritation, stinging, or itching. However, the contaminated products may cause serious adverse events, and “there is a reasonable probability of a potentially sight-threatening eye infection.”

These products were distributed to wholesale and retail facilities, as well as hospitals and pharmacies, the FDA reports. United Exchange Corp is also recalling Family Care Eye Wash also due to microbial contamination.

They said that these products could also cause a sight-threatening eye infection.

This recall was issued just a day after the initial recall of Rugby- and Major-branded eye washes. The FDA recommends that consumers, pharmacies, and healthcare facilities discontinue the use of the recalled products immediately.

Any adverse reactions should be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program.

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