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Contact lens solution withdrawn

May 17, 2006 |

A popular contact lens solution has been withdrawn voluntarily from the market as a result of a link between using the solution and developing an eye infection.

Bausch and Lomb have withdrawn ReNU with MoistureLoc Multi-Purpose from the worldwide market following an investigation by the company which led them to suspect that a certain aspect of the formula for the solution may increase the relative risk of the infection Fusarium keratitis.

According to the Irish Medicines Board, to date there have been no confirmed reported incidents of this infection in Ireland. There have, however, been reported cases in the US.

The recall applies to all batches of Bausch and Lomb manufactured ReNu with MoiustureLoc MultiPurpose solution currently on the Irish market, and customers are advised to switch to an alternative contact lens solution.

The Medicines Board says contact lens wearers should immediately stop using the ReNu with MoistureLoc solution and return the bottle to their eyecare practitioner/optician to exchange it for an alternative lens care solution.

It says people who have been using the withdrawn product should consult their eyecare professional/optician concerning the use of an appropriate alternative cleaning/disinfectant product.

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