Bausch & Lomb Inc. is recalling about 1.5 million bottles of its ReNu MultiPlus contact lens solution off shelves because trace amounts of iron could cause the cleaner to lose effectiveness earlier than normal. You will recall that a recall of its ReNu with MoistureLoc solution, which was blamed for an outbreak of severe fungal eye infections, took place last spring. The company has carried out a limited voluntary recall of 12 lots of its ReNu MultiPlus solution after getting three customer reports of discolored solution. No one was reported to have been hurt, according to the company.
About a million bottles of the popular brand were distributed in the United States and another 500,000 in Canada, Korean, Taiwan and Latin America. The company notified the Food and Drug Administration and regulators in the other affected countries of the recall. The company says that this recall is completely unrelated to and different from the MoistureLoc recall. They claim there is an extremely low risk to consumers.
Bausch & Lomb says it determined the discoloration was caused by trace amounts of iron found in a single batch of raw material from an outside supplier. As a result, it said that the affected lots could have a shorter shelf life than the two-year expiration date. A recall and eventual discontinuation occurred last spring of ReNu with MoistureLoc after the product became associated with an eye fungus that could blind users if left untreated.
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