Sparta, NJ, September 29, 2023
Last month, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) advised consumers not to purchase, and to immediately stop using, two brands of eye drops due to bacterial contamination, fungal contamination or both. The agency warned that using contaminated eye drops could result in minor to serious vision-threatening infections which could possibly progress to life-threatening infections.
According to the announcement:
FDA conducted sampling and testing based on these products’ intended use in the eyes, and due to the industry’s recent manufacturing issues with eye drops. FDA’s testing showed the products were contaminated with microbes and were not sterile. Under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, eye drops must be sterile to be safe for use.
So far this year there have been a number of eye drops and other eye products that have been recalled due to microbial contamination. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) even opened a multistate investigation earlier this year after a cluster of infections took place that were believed to be linked to eye drops.
Dedicated to working with manufacturers, distributors, retailers, importers and regulatory agencies to help prevent contaminated products from reaching consumers are the product testing specialists at MPL Laboratories. Their scientists provide sterility and microbial testing for a broad spectrum of contaminants. All testing takes place at MPL’s FDA registered, cGMP and ISO 17025 compliant laboratory to ensure the highest quality results. These services protect patients and can help to prevent costly product recalls.
To learn more about product testing services provided by MPL Laboratories, please visit www.MPLLaboratories.com, call (800) 548-1874 or email info@MPLLaboratories.com.
About MPL Laboratories
MPL Laboratories (formerly Marypaul Laboratories) was founded in 1985 as a full service microbiology laboratory. It is ISO/IEC 17025 accredited by PJLA, FDA and DEA registered, and NJDEP certified. MPL’s staff includes a PhD Diplomat of the American Board of Toxicology, M.S. and B.S. degreed microbiologists, and other dedicated scientists. The microbiology testing laboratory serves the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, personal care and food industries. MPL aims to provide its clients with high quality, reliable test data in a timely manner. The laboratory is part of the EMSL Analytical network of laboratories located across the United States and Canada.