December 1, 2023

The Meals and Drug Administration (FDA) despatched warning letters to some well being care firms – together with CVS Well being and Walgreens Boots Alliance – for advertising unapproved eye merchandise. 

The letters declare that the businesses illegally marketed eye merchandise to deal with circumstances equivalent to conjunctivitis (“pink eye”), cataracts and glaucoma. A number of the warning letters “additionally cite the businesses concerned for high quality points associated to product sterility,” in response to the FDA. 

“These warning letters are a part of the company’s ongoing effort to guard Individuals from probably dangerous ophthalmic merchandise,” the FDA stated in a Tuesday discover.   


Specifically, the FDA is anxious that these illegally marketed and unapproved merchandise “pose a heightened threat of hurt to customers as a result of medicine utilized to the eyes bypass a number of the physique’s pure defenses.” 

Eyewash drop over girl’s eye.  (White Fox/AGF/Common Photos Group by way of Getty Photos) / Getty Photos)

A number of the eye merchandise are labeled to comprise silver. In line with the FDA, utilizing a drug that accommodates silver over a protracted time period may end up in some areas of the pores and skin and different physique tissues, together with within the eye, to completely flip grey or blue-gray. 


Unapproved medicine that declare to remedy or deal with severe circumstances might additionally trigger customers to “delay or cease medical therapies which have been discovered secure and efficient by the FDA assessment course of,” the company stated. 


A pedestrian is mirrored in a window of Walgreens in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 2, 2022.  (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP by way of Getty Photos / Getty Photos)

A CVS spokesperson informed FOX Enterprise that the corporate stopped promoting its CVS Well being Model Pink Eye Aid Eye Drops at shops and on-line after receiving the warning letter, and that clients who bought this product can return it for a full refund. 

“We’re dedicated to making sure the merchandise we provide are secure, work as meant and fulfill clients,” the spokesperson stated.

Right here is the listing of the businesses that obtained warning letters and the attention merchandise in query: 

Boiron Inc.: Optique 1 Eye Drops 

CVS Well being: CVS Well being Pink Eye Aid Drops 

DR Vitamin Options: Imaginative and prescient Readability Eye Drops, Life Extension Brite Eyes III, Can-C Eye Drops, and Longevity Science Visible Ocuity

Pure Ophthalmics Inc.: Girls’s Tear Stimulation Dry Eye Drops, Allergy Desensitization Eye Drops, Ortho-Okay Skinny (Daytime) Eye Drops, Ortho-Okay Thick (Night time) Eye Drops, Tear Stimulation Forté Dry Eye Drops, and Cataract Eye Drops with Cineraria. 

OcluMed LLC: OcluMed Dietary/Lubricant Eye Drops

Similasan AG/Similasan USA: Similasan Dry Eye Aid, Similasan Full Eye Aid, Similasan Allergy Eye Aid, Similasan Youngsters Allergy Eye Aid, Similasan Crimson Eye Aid, Similasan Pink Eye Aid, Similasan Youngsters Pink Eye Aid, Similasan Growing older Eye Aid, Similasan Laptop Eye Aid, Similasan Stye Eye Aid, Similasan Pink Eye Nighttime Gel, and Similasan Dry Eye Nighttime Gel. 

A CVS pharmacy

A CVS pharmacy in San Francisco, California, on July 18, 2023.  (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg by way of Getty Photos / Getty Photos)

TRP Firm, Inc.: Dryness Aid, Pink Eye Aid, Allergy Eyes Aid, Crimson Eye Aid, Eye Pressure Aid, Eye Lid Aid, Growing older Eye Aid, Blur Aid, Floaters Aid, Twitching Aid, and Stye Aid. 

Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.: Walgreens Allergy Eye Drops, Walgreens Stye Eye Drops, and Walgreens Pink Eye Drops


The businesses have 15 days to answer the warning letters stating how they’ll right the violations, in response to the FDA. 

Failure to take action might “outcome within the FDA pursuing authorized motion, together with product seizure and/or a courtroom order requiring an organization to cease manufacturing and distributing an unapproved product,” the FDA stated. 

Customers at the moment utilizing eye merchandise are urged to talk with a well being care skilled.