Bausch and Lomb ReNu with MoistureLoc Multi-Purpose Solution
21 April 2006
The Irish Medicines Board is aware that Bausch and Lomb have:
This action was taken following multiple reports of Fusarium keratitis among contact lens users in Singapore, Hong Kong and the US. The Bausch and Lomb investigation into this issue is still ongoing and has not, to date, identified the cause of the problem. Bausch and Lomb have informed the IMB that no ReNu Moisture Loc solution manufactured at the Greenville plant is supplied to the European market.
- voluntarily stopping shipment of all ReNu Moisture Loc solution manufactured at its facility in Greenville, United States
- advised retailers in the US to remove the ReNu Moisture Loc solution from their shelves temporarily
- recommended that customers in the US switch to another lens care solution
Bausch and Lomb have indicated to the IMB that the product supplied to the European market is manufactured at the Bausch and Lomb facility in Italy. To date there have been no confirmed reported incidents of Fusarium keratitis related to product manufactured at this European plant. This product is also manufactured in two other plants, in India and China. Bausch & Lomb have indicated that no confirmed incidents have been identified relating to ReNu Moisture Loc manufactured in these plants either.
As such, at this time Bausch and Lomb do not intend to stop the supply of product in Europe.
The IMB will continue to monitor the issue and will maintain close communication with Bausch and Lomb and other regulatory agencies.
The IMB recommends that any Irish customers who have purchased this product outside the European Union or from an internet site should check the product label to determine where it was manufactured. Irish customers should discontinue use of any product manufactured in the US and contact Bausch and Lomb if they have any concerns.
The IMB recommends that contact lens users observe good contact lens hygiene practice and follow any recommendations provided by the manufacturer, their optician or other healthcare professional especially in relation to storage, cleaning and insertion of their contact lenses. Contact lens users who experience eye symptoms such as pain, redness, excessive tear formation, abnormal sensitivity to light, blurred vision, discharge or swelling remove the contact lenses, discontinue use and consult a doctor.
The IMB also recommend that healthcare professionals / clinicians with patients presenting with possible eye infections should consider fungal infections as a potential causative organism, investigate accordingly, preserve contact lenses and solutions for analysis, refer the patient if appropriate, and report contact lens related infections to the manufacturer.
Bausch and Lomb have set up a free phone number for Irish customers 1800 409077. Further recommendations and further information can be found on the Bausch & Lomb website www.bausch.com and on the website of the Food and Drug Administration www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2006/NEW01354.html in the United States.