A number of serious health consequences—including vision damage and even death—have been linked to the use of EzriCare artificial tear drops. Research indicates that the use of these eye drops is tied to antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can have severe health consequences.
If you sustained injuries after using EzriCare, you might have the right to sue the manufacturer for your financial losses. A dedicated product liability attorney can provide guidance on the possibility of an EzriCare eye drop injury lawsuit.
EzriCare and Links to Harmful Bacteria
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) began investigating links between EzriCare eye drops and harmful bacteria infections in January of 2023. This investigation followed more than 50 infections across a dozen states. Research indicates that EzriCare Artificial Tears contained a bacteria known as pseudomonas aeruginosa.
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a type of bacteria that is typically found in environments like damp soil or water. This type of bacteria commonly results in harmful infections in humans, including in the lungs, eyes, and blood.
While most forms of bacteria have the potential to cause serious harm when left untreated, antibiotics typically clear up these issues in short order. Unfortunately, pseudomonas aeruginosa is a “superbug” that is resistant to most antibiotics. That makes it much more difficult to treat the issue.
The FDA issued a warning notice of the artificial tear drops on February 22, 2023.
Possible Defendants in EzriCare Lawsuits
EzriCare eye drops are manufactured in India by a pharmaceutical company known as Global Pharma. Any consumer injured by the bacteria present in this product could have a viable case for compensation against the pharmaceutical company. One of the benefits of pursuing this type of case is that there is no requirement to prove how Global Pharma was negligent, among other theories of liability. It is typically enough to establish that the eye drops manufactured by the company were dangerous and defective due to the presence of harmful bacteria, but each case is different.
Anyone suffering from the health consequences associated with bacterial infections could name the manufacturer as a liable party but there could be other potential defendants as well. A number of major retailers, such as Amazon and Walmart, distributed EzriCare eyedrops. Depending on what these retailers knew, they could also be liable for any harm that occurs. If retailers were aware that Global Pharma was failing to comply with FDA requirements or that a dangerous bacterium was linked to these products, it could be possible to pursue legal action against them as well.
Determining the liable parties is one of the most complex aspects of a mass tort action. The good news is that an attorney could evaluate the facts and determine the appropriate defendants to identify.
Contact an Attorney About EzriCare Eye Drop Injury Lawsuits
If you are considering legal action due to bacteria-related health consequences of using EzriCare eye drops, it is important that you first determine if you have a case. It is not in your best interest to file an EzriCare eye drop injury lawsuit alone. Place a call to Childers, Schlueter & Smith to schedule a free consultation and learn your options.