At least four people have died in the United States from a bacterium found in a batch of eye drops, which has affected 81 people in 18 states since the beginning of the year. On the other hand, last summer, in Spain, Health recalled several batches of Actodol eye drops due to a manufacturing issue.
The figures have been confirmed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which has recorded one more death and 13 other cases since its last release in March, half of them, however, from the withdrawal of the drug from the market. Happened before. The batch is contaminated with this bacterium, which has been identified as Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
Drug resistant bacteria
While Ps. aeruginosa infections are generally common, the CDC warns that this is an extremely rare, drug-resistant strain that has never before been seen in the country that has spread from person to person, especially in health in service settings.
The US Food and Drug Administration has urged Americans to avoid two brands linked to the outbreak, Delsum Pharma and Ezricare, which reportedly originate from a plant in India operated by Global Pharma Healthcare Pvt Ltd.
An agency investigation at the facility earlier this year found serious contamination problems with equipment used to develop the eye drops. US officials have declined to provide more details about the bacteria responsible, collects the CBS series.