A fire captain from Collier County is among at least 68 victims who have either died or lost part of their vision due to a multistate outbreak of deadly bacteria associated with eye drops. Adam Di Sarro, a fire captain with over two decades of service at the North Collier Fire District, has been […]
A fire captain from Collier County is among at least 68 victims who have either died or lost part of their vision due to a multistate outbreak of deadly bacteria associated with eye drops.
Adam Di Sarro, a fire captain with over two decades of service at the North Collier Fire District, has been blinded in one eye after using defective eyedrops. He is one of 68 victims across 16 states affected by the outbreak. Di Sarro began treatment for his symptoms in October 2022, as mentioned in a federal complaint.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have advised patients and medical professionals to discontinue the use of EzriCare or Delsam Pharma’s Artificial Tears products. These products, manufactured by India-based Global Pharma Healthcare, were recalled in February due to potential bacterial contamination linked to the multistate outbreak.
Heather Mazurkiewicz, a North Collier Fire District spokesperson, stated that Di Sarro’s situation has significantly impacted the department, as personnel must be shuffled to cover his shifts while he recovers. Despite this, the North Collier firefighters maintain a strong bond and will support Di Sarro and his family throughout the ordeal.
Fire Chief Eloy Ricardo issued a public statement expressing support for Di Sarro and highlighted the far-reaching consequences of the negligence associated with the contaminated eyedrops for the department and the community.
As of March 14, the CDC confirmed three fatalities, eight cases of permanent vision loss, and four instances of eyeball removal due to the outbreak. The drug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa strain connected to the recalled products has spread across 16 states, with 68 patients identified so far.
Di Sarro filed a federal lawsuit on February 23 against EzriCare, EzriRx, AruPharma, and Amazon, seeking $75,000 in damages. The lawsuit alleges that Di Sarro was unaware of the contamination in the eyedrops he purchased, which subsequently led to severe eye issues, including blindness in his left eye. The complaint includes four counts: strict product liability, negligence per se, negligence, and a violation of Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act.
Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act (FDUTPA) is a state law designed to protect consumers from unfair, deceptive, or unconscionable business practices in trade or commerce. The Act is codified in Florida Statutes Chapter 501, Part II, and its primary purpose is to promote fair business practices and deter fraudulent or unethical conduct by businesses.
FDUTPA prohibits businesses from engaging in:
Some examples of practices that may be considered deceptive or unfair under FDUTPA include false advertising, bait-and-switch tactics, misrepresenting the quality or characteristics of goods or services, and charging unconscionable prices.
Consumers, businesses, and the Florida Attorney General can bring actions under FDUTPA. Remedies available under the Act include:
It is important to note that the FDUTPA is a state law and only applies to practices occurring within Florida. Other states may have similar laws to protect consumers from deceptive and unfair trade practices.
If you lost a loved one suffered harm due to a contaminated eye drops, you may have the right to seek justice and compensation for your damages. The national product liability attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP are here to help you understand your legal options and file your defective product lawsuit, if qualified.
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