If you are using EzriCare Artificial Tears then you should throw it away.
That’s because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has sent a health alert to doctors, recalling the product.
The CDS says the over-the-counter eye drops have been linked to an outbreak of drug-resistant infections.
They said the outbreak included at least 55 people in 12 states. One died and at least five others had permanent vision loss.
The infections, including some found in blood, urine and lungs, were linked to EzriCare Artificial Tears. Many said they had used the product, which is a lubricant used to treat irritation and dryness.
The eye drops are sold under the name EzriCare and is made in India by Global Pharma Healthcare.
The Food and Drug Administration said the company recalled unexpired lots of EzriCare Artificial Tears and another product, Delsam Pharma’s Artificial Tears.
The FDA recommended the recall based on manufacturing problems including lack of testing and proper controls on packaging. The agency also blocked import into the United States.
The infections were caused by a bacteria called Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Investigators detected it in open EzriCare bottles, but further testing was underway.
EzriCare, the company that markets the eye drops in the US, said it is not aware of any evidence definitively linking the outbreak to the product, but that it has stopped distributing the eye drops. It also has a notice on its website urging consumers to stop using the product.
It is not clear whether the eye drops are actually on shelves in Antigua and Barbuda.