Federal health regulators are warning consumers to immediately stop using two additional eye drop products because of potential bacterial or fungal contamination.
The Food and Drug Administration is advising people not to buy “Dr. Berne’s MSM Drops 5% Solution” and “LightEyez MSM Eye Drops – Eye Repair,” warning that they could pose a serious health risk, including vision- and life-threatening infections. The agency noted that it doesn’t know of anyone who has reported a problem related to use of the products.
The latest recalls followearlier this year against using several eye drop brands linked to an outbreak of drug-resistant bacteria. The outbreak is linked to and dozens of infections.
Dr. Berne’s Whole Health Products distributes Dr. Berne’s products, while LightEyez Limited is the distributor of Light Eyez products.
The FDA’s testing of the products found they were contaminated with microbes and were not sterile, which is required under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. Both products, which the agency said are unapproved and are being illegally marketed in the U.S., also contain methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) as an active ingredient, which is not approved in eye drop products.
“Using contaminated eye drops could result in minor to serious vision-threatening infection which could possibly progress to a life-threatening infection,” the FDA said. It advices anyone with signs or symptoms of an eye infection to “seek medical care immediately.”
The FDA urges consumers who are in possession of the drops to dispose of them by following these instructions.
Dr. Berne issued a voluntary recall of the Dr. Berne’s MSM Drops 5% Solution, while London-based LightEyez Limited has not responded to the FDA or taken actions to protect consumers, according to the agency.
According to the FDA, LightEyez’s product was contaminated with Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a bacteria that can cause infections in the blood, lungs or other parts of the body. Health authorities think a drug-resistant variant of the bacteria is responsible for the deaths and other health problems tied to suspect eye drops.
Global Pharma Healthcare in February recalled all lots of its EzriCare and Delsam Pharma brands of “Artificial Tears Lubricant Eye Drops,” which it said could be contaminated with bacteria.
LightEyez did not immediately respond to CBS MoneyWatch’s request for comment.