On February 1, 2018, the numerous reports against the Gericare Eye Wash brought the announcement from the FDA for a recall of this product on a consumer level. The reason behind this was the discovery of potential contamination that compromises the health of the user.
Once this happened, Kareway Products, Inc. voluntarily recalled approximately 60 thousand lots of the wash and irrigation solution. This recall included notifying the hospitals and retails stores of the demand to remove the product from their inventory or supply shelves, and return it to Kareway Products. The process was anticipated to finish by January 29, 2018.
This means that at this point, the Gericare Eye Wash that was reported to be contaminated should not be sold or used by anyone. In case you notice such use or purchase the product, make sure to report this issue immediately, and do not use the product as an eye wash.
What is Gericare Eye Wash?
Gericare Eye Wash is a sterile solution for eye irrigation, used to relieve stinging, irritation, itching and discomfort. The product is used to soothe and clean the eyes and recommended for both emergency and daily use. It works by removing foreign material, chlorinated water or air pollutants from the eye.
People all around the nation bought this product to wash away debris on the eyes. As other solutions for eyewash, the Gericare Eye Wash Solution was also supposed to be sterile to be able to achieve this, but according to the FDA, this wasn’t the case with one specific lot number. There aren’t any reports or recalls on behalf of the FDA for previous lots and manufacturing of the Gericare Eye Wash Solution before this one.
Safety Concerns of Gericare Eye Wash
The recalled eye wash was distributed on a nationwide level and to date, the company that manufactures this product hasn’t received any similar reports of adverse effects that are related to this specific recall. According to the reports, the eye was can be dangerous for users due to the probability of eye damage of different kinds.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the product might be unsafe and unsterile as a result of a microbial contamination. This can easily lead to eye infections or impairment.
The FDA Publishes a Risk Statement Regarding the Product
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration published a report that included a Risk Statement regarding the unsafety of the Gericare Eye Wash (4 fluid ounce) product. In this statement, you will find the following information:
“The product potentially could be calamitous for any population due to a probability of a potential sight threatening eye infection or impairment. Kareway Products, Inc. has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall.”
Possible Contamination Injuries from Use of Gericare Eye Wash Solution
Even though the U.S. Food and Drug has not reported side effects and injuries that resulted from use of the solution, the experience with similar issues of contamination from eye solutions demonstrated possible dangers to the health of people, such as reactions, medical conditions, and even injuries.
If you were interested in the full list of potential reactions and injuries that could arise as a result of Gericare Eye Wash Solution use, here it is:
- Eye infections, such as fungal eye infection
- Eye injury or injury to both eyes
- Scarring of the eye cornea
- Blurred vision
- Partial or complete blindness
The reasons to be concerned are very real, which is why the FDA decided to take immediate action that would put the affected lot numbers on recall. At this point, all hospitals and retail stores should have returned the specific product to the manufacturer, since the final date has already finished.
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The Lot Numbers for the Gericare Eye Wash Solution Recall
So far, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has detected a single lot with affected Gericare Eye Wash, Sterile Eye Irrigation Solution. The lot number is #86041601, with an expiration date of 09/2019.
One can identify the product by the lot number, or the UPC. The UPC for this specific recalled product is UPC 3-57896-18604-3. At first, the solution was distributed to nationwide medical supply businesses, after which it reached drugstore shelves, clinics, and hospitals.
The problem was approached rapidly. Kareway Products, Inc. has started contacting the customers and distributors immediately by using recall letters. The company stated that they demand disposal or return of the product, and advice all businesses and consumers who possess this product lot #86041601 with an expiration date of 09/2019 to halt the sale or use of the solution immediately.
In the case that any consumer experiences issues or has questions regarding this recall, they can contact the Kareway Products Recall Department. The contact methods are as follows:
- Telephone: (310) 532- 0009
- E-mail: email@example.com
The work hours of the department are 08.30 am to 05.30 pm, Monday through Fridays.
In the case that you have experienced any of the mentioned issues after using this product, the FDA advises that you also contact your healthcare provider or physician as soon as possible to avoid any complications or dangers to your health. The sooner you report and approach this problem, the more you can prevent further damage to the eyes.
Ask for Assistance in Case of Injury or Infection
The GeriCare Eye Wash, Sterile Eye Irrigation Solution is not completely removed from the shelves. In the case that you experience eye infection or injury when using the product, regardless of the lot number, ask for immediate assistance from a healthcare provider, and report such problems.
For those who have used the product and experienced eye fungus infection or any other eye infection, as well as any of the issues discussed above, call the medical negligence experts at Hastings Law Firm today to discuss your potential case at (281) 771-1713. Such issues are often a basis for demand for a financial recovery, especially if the product causes eye injuries.
The need to be worried is already gone. The lot number is said to be returned and disposed of properly by now, and there is no other recall of the product on behalf of the FDA.