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FDA warns of eye infections with drugs used in eye surgeries

More reports of eye infections caused by fungal endophthalmitis in patients who were treated with Brilliant Blue G (BBG) during eye surgery have prompted the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue a second warning in a month’s time about the drug. The agency is warning that eye infections were also reported in patients who were given injections of drug products containing triamcinolone during eye surgery. BBG is a stain used to assist surgeons in retinal surgery. A recall of BBG was issued last month. It is not approved for use in the United States, and health care personnel are ... Read More

FDA, CDC warn of illegal, fungus-contaminated eye surgery drug

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are warning eye doctors that a drug used in eye surgeries known as Brilliant Blue G (BBG) is illegal and has caused fungal endophthalmitis, or eye infections, in some patients. Both federal agencies, along with local and state public health agencies, are actively investigating these adverse events. The BBG was supplied by Franck’s Compounding Lab in Ocala, Florida. The company issued a recall on March 9, 2012, of all lots of Brilliant Blue G and issued a recall letter. The drug is not approved for ... Read More