May 19, 2006

CDC Report Supports Bausch & Lomb Product Recall

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control backed the decision by Bausch & Lomb Inc. to recall its ReNu with MoistureLoc contact lens solution, which has been linked to cases of a serious eye infection, the company said on Friday.

The company said the report should restore confidence in its other lens care products, which had been under increasing scrutiny since the outbreak of cases of Fusarium keratitis, a fungal infection that can lead to blindness.

"The CDC's conclusion that the MoistureLoc formulation was the only product with a statistically significant association with reports of Fusarium keratitis in the cases they have evaluated should put to rest any further speculation that other products may also be implicated," Bausch & Lomb Chief Executive Ronald Zarrella said in a statement.