CDC Recommends Public Discontinue Use of EzriCare Artificial Tears after Identifying Link to Antibiotic-Resistant Infections

Jan 23, 2023 4:00 PM

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending the public stop using over-the-counter EzriCare Artificial Tears after linking them to a multi-state cluster of antibiotic-resistant infections.

The CDC on Jan. 20 released a statement saying its investigation of 50 patient cases of antibiotic-resistant infections in 11 states including Utah determined a majority of patients used artificial tears. The most common brand reported was EzriCare Artificial Tears, a preservative-free drop dispensed in multi-dose bottles. CDC Lab tests confirmed the presence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in open EzriCare bottles but testing is ongoing to assess whether the bacteria match the outbreak strain. 

The American Academy of Ophthalmology alerted its members to the development late Friday. 

“The public should stop using EzriCare preservative-free multi-dose artificial tears immediately,” says John A. Moran Eye Center ophthalmologist and cornea specialist Amy Lin, MD. “It’s also essential that anyone who is experiencing a sudden onset of severe red eye, severe pain, or vision decline is seen by an ophthalmologist as soon as possible.” 

The CDC reported 10 patient cases had eye involvement with one case of permanent vision loss.

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