BEIJING --- China's State Food and Drug
Administration (SFDA) has urged Chinese consumers to stop using a contact lens
solution produced by United States-based Advanced Medical Optics Inc. (AMO),
which has been linked to a rare eye infection.
According to results of an investigation published by the US Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, 21 people out of 46 who have been infected by
Acanthamoeba Keratitis, a rare but serious infection of the cornea, said they
had used the AMO Complete Moisture Plus Multi-Purpose Solution. The company
issued a statement on Friday night announcing a voluntary recall of the
AMO's Shanghai office said the products would be taken off Chinese shelves
and a customer enquiry hotline would be set up. A refund plan is set to be
released next week.
The SFDA said it was closely monitoring the recall and has told Chinese
consumers and ophthalmologists to submit immediate reports to local watchdog
organizations on related eye infections.
Last year, AMO recalled 11 batches of contact lens solutions made in China
after bacteria was found in three batches on sale in Japan.
A Bausch & Lomb multipurpose contact lens solution was also linked to a
fungal eye infection last year.
Just a day before the product was recalled, AMO revealed its intention to
make a bid for Bausch & Lomb, its main rival.