Avastin/Lucentis Update 48: Contaminated Re-Packaged Avastin Causes Severe Eye Problems

The inevitable was bound to happen. A pharmacy in Hollywood, FL repackaged Avastin into single-use syringes and in the process contaminated the drug that was then sold to several clinics for the treatment of wet AMD, causing severe eye damage, including complete vision loss in a few patients.

The FDA issued an alert on August 30th, warning health care professionals that repackaged intravitreal injections of Avastin (bevacizumab) have caused a cluster of serious eye infections in the Miami, Florida area.

According to Andrew Pollack writing in the NY Times, “At least 16 people in Florida and Tennessee have suffered (Read more...)

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