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"Dropless" Cataract Product from Texas Pharmacy Linked to Dozens of Adverse Events

Published: July 31, 2017

DANGEROUS SHOT? Patients given the injection have experienced symptoms ranging from light sensitivity to retinal degeneration.

Patients injected with a "dropless" cataract surgery product compounded by a Texas pharmacy have experienced a variety of adverse events, prompting the FDA to issue a safety alert.

At least 43 patients given intravitreal injections of a drug compounded by Guardian Pharmacy Services, in Dallas, that contained the steroid triamcinolone and the antibiotic moxifloxaxcin, developed various symptoms, including vision impairment, poor night vision, loss of color perception, light sensitivity, glare, halos, flashing lights, ocular discomfort, pain, loss of balance, headaches and nausea, according to the alert. In some cases, symptoms didn't appear until more than a month after surgery.

Some of the symptoms have abated, says the FDA, but more than 5 months later, some patients show diminished visual function, macular edema and retinal degeneration.

The FDA is encouraging patients and providers to report adverse events or side effects related to dropless cataract products online.

Jim Burger

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