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Compounding Pharmacy Sued for Tainted Eye Dye, Alleged Injuries

Filed March 19th, 2013 admin

A Florida compounding center has been accused of selling contaminated surgical dye to eye surgeons, which resulted in blindness or injuries to the eyes of patients.

Franck’s Compounding Lab, of Ocala, Florida has been sued five times in connection to its Brilliant Blue G eye surgery strain. The first lawsuit was filed in September 2012. The most recent lawsuit names the lab, Paul W. Franck; Anthony James Campbell, a lead chemist for Franck’s Lab; and Wells Pharmacy Network, as defendants, courthousenews.com said.

The plaintiff in this recently filed case claims that the Brilliant Blue G dye was tainted with “filth, putrid, or decomposed substances,” which resulted in his developing an infection, leaving him blind in his left eye, courthousenews.com said. Franck’s recalled the dye after receiving multiple reports of eye infections and blindness, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cautioned doctors about it, the lawsuit said. The lawsuit also alleges that Franck’s has had a history of unsafe products and that the compounding pharmacy was responsible for the deaths of 21 polo ponies in 2009 in Palm Beach, courthousenews.com said. Brilliant Blue G is intended to help physicians see transparent tissues in the eye while performing surgery.

Compounding pharmacies have come under increased scrutiny after the New England Compounding Center (NECC), of Framingham, Massachussets, was blamed for the fungal meningitis outbreak that has killed 48 people and sickened more than 700. That outbreak was first identified just days after the first lawsuit was filed against Franck’s, courthousenews.com noted.

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