Name: ReNu with MoistureLoc contact lens solution
Manufacturer: Bausch & Lomb
Date approved: 2004
Approved uses: Cleaning/moisturizing contact lenses
Off-Label uses: N/A
• Fusarium keratitis eye infection
• corneal infection
• possible blindness
Related topics: Unsafe drugs
Renu with MoistureLoc is a no-rub contact lens cleaning solution manufactured by Bausch & Lomb. In May 2006, the company removed MoistureLoc from the market after it was connected to the eye infection fungal keratitis, which can lead to blindness and eye irritation. It is believed that the fusarium fungus, which causes fungal keratitis in Renu users, originated in Bausch & Lomb’s Greenville, South Carolina plant.
Bausch & Lomb Recalls Renu Multi-Purpose Contact Lens Solution
In a staggering recall, eye care giant Bausch & Lomb has recalled its popular Renu Multi-Purpose Contact Lens Solution from store shelves after an international outbreak of fungal keratitis was linked to the substance. The recall follows Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) investigations on a spate of keratitis cases in patients who used the contact lens solution. In 30 United States cases, 26 patients had used Renu solution. The recall represents a huge setback for Bausch & Lomb, which used to have a spotless reputation for its best-selling lines of eye care products, including a large line of contact lens solutions and products for medical and surgical indications. The formal recall was precipitated by the product’s disappearance from major chain shelves after safety concerns were announced. After the company recalled Renu from store shelves on May 15, 2006, company stock fell by more than five percent and it is expected that the costs of the MoistureLoc solution could be near $100 million for the company.
Fusarium A Culprit In Fungal Eye Infections
Fungal keratitis in the eye is caused by Fusarium, a fungus which causes eye infection in contact lens patients. It is believed that the Bausch & Lomb solution was contaminated in its production facility. The Fusarium fungus is known to cause health problems in humans, such as esophageal cancer, nail infections, and ocular infections in addition to skin lesions, ulcers, and even necrosis (cell death). Fusarium is commonly found in soil and plants. In addition, the MoistureLoc solution contained three polymers (traditional contact lens solutions only contain one), which could hold the Fusarium fungus in the eye longer and contribute to eye infection.
The keratitis eye infection can harm the cornea, causing vision damage and even permanent blindness. Common symptoms of fungal keratitis include:
• Eye irritation;
• Blurry vision;
• Teary eyes;
• Ocular discomfort; and
• Photosensitivity (sensitivity to light).
When left untreated, fungal keratitis can lead to corneal ulcers and blindness. In fact, eight U.S. patients who used Renu MoistureLoc solution have required corneal transplants, in which damaged corneas are replaced by healthy tissue.
What You Can Do
Bausch & Lomb has announced plans to refund money its customers spent on the side-effect-causing Renu MoistureLoc solution and allows customers to choose between a monetary refund or a money-saving coupon on other Bausch & Lomb products. But no amount of money can replace a person’s precious sense of sight. If you or a loved one have experienced damaging side effects due to use of Renu contact lens solution, stop using the product immediately and consult an ocular specialist. Then contact an experienced unsafe drugs attorney. Your Renu lawyer can help you evaluate your potential lawsuit, file a claim against Bausch & Lomb, and gain monetary compensation and damages for your loss of vision, lost wages, future medical care, and current medical bills.
Was Bausch & Lomb Negligent With Renu Contact Lens Solution?
Its recent recall of a best-selling contact lens solution, Renu with MoistureLoc, made headlines. Its stock fell quickly and it had to face international scandal based on the solution’s negative side effects, which include fungal keratitis, a disease that can lead to corneal ulcers, transplants, and even blindness. But Bausch & Lomb’s troubles aren’t over yet – the giant eye care corporation, which raked in over $2 billion in 2004 alone, has been implicated in a recent FDA (Food and Drug Administration) report on its practices surrounding the Renu contact lens solution. Was Bausch & Lomb negligent in its production of Renu? In order to prove negligence in a Renu lawsuit, a jury has to find Bausch & Lomb innocent of any failure to practice reasonable care in its production and distribution of the Renu with MoistureLoc contact lens solution.
Failure To Report Dangerous Side Effects
The FDA’s May 15, 2006 report was conducted after an international outbreak of fungal keratitis, the dangerous eye infection, including victims in the United States and Asia. Included in these cases were 35 serious injuries in Singapore, which Bausch & Lomb reportedly failed to report to the FDA despite federal regulations. The report stated that as of early April 2006, none of these cases were reported, notwithstanding the company’s reporting obligations. A Bausch & Lomb spokesperson responded by saying that the company did participate in direct and proper communication with the FDA regarding known cases of fungal keratitis and denied that the company had been negligent in its compliance with national regulations.
Contamination at Renu Facility?
The FDA report also claimed that Bausch & Lomb’s Greenville, South Carolina production facility, where Renu was produced, may have been contaminated. It noted that the FDA observed peeling paint and paint chips in the facility’s upper mix room in early April 2006. In fact, the company had received a warning from the FDA as early as summer 2002 regarding the conditions at the Greenville plant, which alleged that Bausch & Lomb failed to correct flaking paint in the very rooms where the company produced its best-selling contact lens solutions and other eye products. At the time, officials at Bausch & Lomb said that actions would be taken to address the paint situation in the factory.
Despite the FDA report’s findings, the Bausch & Lomb’s spokesperson vigorously denied any implications that a contamination in the mix room or another part of the Greenville facility had occurred, leading to the international outbreak of fungal keratitis in Renu with MoistureLoc users. She added that no evidence of contamination had been found and that the product had been discontinued from manufacture and sale.
If You Have Been Injured
If you have suffered eye injury, including but not limited to tearing, blurred vision, photosensitivity, corneal scarring, corneal ulcers, or temporary or permanent blindness due to your use of Renu with MoistureLoc contact lens solution, you may be eligible for monetary compensation for your medical problems. Those who still use Renu should discontinue use immediately. You can contact Bausch & Lomb directly for a refund of the solution. More importantly, contact an experienced unsafe products attorney. Your Renu lawyer can help to evaluate your claim, file and litigate your case, and assist you in obtaining monetary damages for lost wages, medical bills, future medical care, pain and suffering, and other causes.