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Fusarium Fungus

Fusarium Fungus Exposure Injury Lawsuits

Fusarium Fungus | Lawsuits, Lawyers | Exposure: Injury, Infections, Blindness | Bausch & Lomb, Contact Lens Solution

Fusarium fungus is regularly found in plant material and soil in tropical and subtropical areas. Without eye drop treatment, which can last two to three months, the infection can scar the cornea causing blindness. Symptoms may include blurry vision, pain or redness, increased sensitivity to light and excessive discharge from the eye.

Bausch & Lomb voluntarily suspended shipment of a contact lens solution after federal health officials linked it on April 10, 2006 to a fungal eye infection that can cause temporary blindness. Federal and state health officials have interviewed 30 of those patients. Of the 28 who wore soft contact lens, 26 reported using Bausch & Lomb's ReNu brand contact lens solution.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is watching the situation and said it has received reports of about 50 possible cases in 12 states this year so far.

The 109 U.S. cases the CDC is investigating involve infections from June 2005 to March and are from California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Vermont.

Singapore health officials noticed a spike in January and discovered 39 cases involving contact lens users from 2005 to February of this year. Cases have also been reported in Malaysia and Hong Kong.

To complicate matters further, the fungus is tricky to detect because diagnosis requires a lab culture not all doctors are prepared to take or read. And the fungus can be so slow-growing that it takes weeks for the culture to come back. The medicine used to treat fungal infections is not widely stocked by pharmacies and often must be ordered.

Legal Help For Victims Affected By Fusarium Fungus

If you or a loved one wears contact lenses and you developed Fusarium fungus or any other injury as a result of Bausch & Lomb Renu MoistureLoc saline solution, contact Parker & Waichman, LLP for a free case evaluation. Call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) or fill out the short form at the right.



 

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Bausch & Lomb eye infections, lawsuits, surface in Nashville

Feb 13, 2007 | www.nashvillecitypaper.com
Two Nashville-area couples have filed separate federal lawsuits against the manufacturer of a contact lens solution that last year was the source of a nationwide health scare and the subject of a national recall. In early January, John Richardson of Clarksville brought a civil lawsuit against Bausch & Lomb, the maker of the soft contact lens solution “ReNu with MoistureLoc Multi-Purpose Solution,” alleging his use of the solution led directly to his development of...

Suits Piling Up in Eye-Fungus Outbreak

Dec 13, 2006 | AP
The brown iris of Janice McConnell's ravaged left eye has turned pale blue. The vision in Gina Macchia's right eye, with its grossly enlarged pupil, is limited to light and shadows. Both women underwent eye-saving, cornea-transplant surgery this year. They lost months away from their jobs, wear sunglasses to avoid stares and battle a toxic mix of anger, fatigue and frustration. "Some days I get a little down, but I cope with it. I hang on to some hope that I'm going to see again out of that...

An eye for an eye, literally

Nov 8, 2006 | www.mndaily.com
This week, Bausch & Lomb received a condemnatory letter from the FDA regarding the manufacturing conditions at one of its plants, where an inspection revealed several quality control problems. The inspection stemmed from an incident this year where one of the company's contact lens solutions, ReNu MoistureLoc, was linked to more than a hundred cases of Fusarium keratitis, a rare and potentially blinding fungal eye infection. The letter condemned manufacturing practices as well as the...

FDA warns Bausch & Lomb on contact lens solution linked to infections

Nov 7, 2006 | AP
Bausch & Lomb Inc. failed to formally report nearly three dozen foreign cases of fungal eye infections later linked to one of its contact lens solutions, according to a federal warning letter. Bausch & Lomb didn’t report the 35 serious injury reports by April 7, as required by law, after Singapore health officials had alerted the Rochester, N.Y. company, the Food and Drug Administration said in the letter. The reporting failure occurred after the company had suspended sales of...

FDA: Bausch & Lomb failed on reporting

Nov 6, 2006 | AP
Bausch & Lomb Inc. failed to formally report nearly three dozen foreign cases of fungal eye infections later linked to one of its contact lens solutions, according to a federal warning letter. Bausch & Lomb didn't report the 35 serious injury reports by April 7, as required by law, after Singapore health officials had alerted the Rochester, N.Y. company, the Food and Drug Administration said in the letter. The reporting failure occurred after the company had suspended sales of its ReNu...

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