Bausch & Lomb Asks Retailers to Pull Product

Associated Press
Friday, April 14, 2006

Bausch & Lomb Inc., a maker of eye-care products, said yesterday it is asking U.S. retailers to remove ReNu with MoistureLoc from their shelves temporarily pending an investigation into the cause of a fungal infection that some users of the solution have reported.

The company also is recommending that consumers switch to another lens-care solution temporarily.

Bausch & Lomb said it is voluntarily implementing the withdrawal, which does not cover other company products or ReNu with MoistureLoc made in factories outside the United States.

The company stopped shipments of MoistureLoc in the United States on Monday when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed it was scrutinizing 109 reports of Fusarium keratitis infections in patients in 17 states over the past 10 months.

Federal health officials have made no direct link between MoistureLoc and the infections, but many of the affected patients interviewed so far had used the cleaner.

Several drug stores including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Walgreen Co. and CVS Corp. have already pulled the product.

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