CooperVision, one of the nation’s largest eye care companies, is stepping up efforts to publicize the recall of more than a half-million contact lenses after coming under pressure from federal health regulators. On October 11th, CooperVision issued its second announcement on an August recall of 600,000 Avaira Toric contact lenses sold widely at stores such as Costco, Wal-Mart and LensCrafters, and linked to pain, red eye and blurred vision by wearers. The FDA said earlier that more effort was needed to alert consumers to the defective products, which contain a residue caused by a manufacturing problem. The debate between Pleasanton, Calif.-based CooperVision and the FDA over the recall underscores the agency’s limited authority to dictate the handling of recalls. That’s something that should be changed in my opinion.
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