Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Possible fungus issue with Bauch & Lomb ReNu product

Bauch & Lomb halted U.S. shipments of its ReNu with MoistureLoc contact lens solution the night of April 11, 2006 while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigates 109 reports of infection caused by a fungus called Fusarium in patients in 17 states.

The agency has made no direct link between ReNu and the infections, traced back to June 2005, but a high incidence of the affected people had used the solution.

In February, Bausch & Lomb stopped shipments of ReNu in Singapore and Hong Kong after a similar spike in fungal infections was reported in contact-lens wearers there. It is partnering with health authorities and researchers to investigate the extent and cause of the outbreak, which also surfaced in Malaysia.


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