May 4, 2006
Bausch confirms eye infection cases in Europe: report
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Eye care company Bausch & Lomb Inc. confirmed for the first time its ReNu contact-lens solution has been linked to a "handful" of eye infection cases in Europe, the Wall Street Journal reported on its Web site on Thursday.
The cases "will be fully evaluated," Margaret Graham, a spokesman for Bausch told the Journal. Graham did not specify where or how many cases are known.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report on Tuesday that suggested an outbreak of Fusarium keratitis, a rare fungal infection that can lead to blindness and potential eye loss, related to its products, may be more widespread than first thought.
Shares of Bausch & Lomb fell nearly 10 percent on Wednesday.
Cases have already been identified in Asia and the U.S., where the company has pulled its ReNu with MoistureLoc product off store shelves.