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Bausch & Lomb Recall - PreserVision® Eye Vitamin AREDS 2 Formula in the United States – Where’s The Bar Coding

Posted Jul 27 2010 3:55pm

Well this is another area where the use of bar coding Microsoft Tags would have come in handy.  Certainly the retailers will do their part, but having image a cell phone to scan and find would be marvelous and what if they miss some products and are still on the shelves?  Depending on the retailer they may or may not have a system to identify all products other than a human looking over all the stock out there.  Take time to vote if you would on whether or not you would like to have this ability as recalls from all sides, consumer products, prescriptions drugs and medical devices are rising and will continue to do so.   Look at what you have to read to clarify which is safe and what products are not.  We need a better solution!

Recalls of both medical devices and drugs are growing for a number of reasons.  First of all, we have a lot more information available today than what we have ever had and we need to capitalize on this opportunity quickly.   We read in the news every day it seems about quality control issues, devices needing software updates and so on.  How do we get the word out quickly and efficiently?  If one has times they can certainly search the web and put out a full on effort to find all of this every day, but healthcare workers have the same problems we all have and that is time.  When human lives are involved, time is everything.

The opportunity to turn a cell phone into a “scanner” with real time information is huge.  As mentioned above, this can be a daunting task at times and we have people at all different stages with using technology today and in my opinion, using a cell phone makes sense, when all one has to do is open clip_image004 a program on the phone and simply “shoot and aim” and relative information would be available instantly.  Back in October of 2009 I kept reading about all the recalls of devices and created my first opinion/idea post here.  It just made sense to me. 

Some hospitals have used RFID to work with getting recalled devices off of the hospital shelves and this is great, but what about those who have not, and furthermore, what about the consumers and/or patients.  For instance I could be looking for new safety information about an over the counter drug that has been on the news, while someone else who has an implanted heart device may be looking for something else, but one thing in common is that we both need access quickly.  BD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- MADISON, N.J. - Bausch + Lomb is conducting a voluntary recall of its PreserVision® Eye Vitamin AREDS 2 Formula with Omega 3 soft gels, only available within the United States.

Bausch + Lomb chose to initiate this recall based on a small number of reports predominantly within a specific age group, age 70 and older, who reported difficulty swallowing or a choking sensation when taking the soft gel.

The voluntary recall is limited only to the United States; it does not affect locations in Europe, the Middle East or Asia-Pacific regions. The PreserVision Eye Vitamin AREDS 2 Formula with Omega 3 is the only supplement affected in the recall; all other PreserVision and Ocuvite® supplements, soft gels and tablets, remain on the market.

To clarify, the formulation of PreserVision Eye Vitamin AREDS 2 Formula with Omega 3 is safe. While many of our customers can comfortably swallow the supplement, we believe the design of the soft gel requires further consideration. Our customers are our top priority, and we want to ensure they have a supplement which is comfortable to use on a daily basis.

Bausch + Lomb expects to release an AREDS 2 formulation in a smaller soft gel which will be dosed twice per day, two pills per dose. This immediate redesign is expected to be available to customers by later this year.

We have directly contacted U.S. retailers who have been shipped this product to initiate the recall and inform them of the steps they should take to return the product to us. We have also contacted eye care professionals to alert them of the recall.

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