Voluntary Eye Drops Recall by Kinetic Vet

September 20, 2016
Jenina Pellegren

Three types of eye solutions are being recalled by Kinetic Vet due to sterility issues.

Kinetic Technologies and Kinetic Vet, located in Lexington, Kentucky has recalled Hy-Optic, an eye-irrigation system, OptiVet, a sodium hyaluronate eye solution for dogs, and Optimend, corneal repair drops for horses, dogs, and cats. The announcement made on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website says, “This voluntary recall is the result of deficiencies in sterility, which may lead to deteriorating eye conditions, irritation and/or infection.”

Recalled products, packaged with lot numbers and expiration dates printed on the branded box, were distributed over-the-counter through retail stores and via distribution to veterinarian clinics to be dispensed to patients nationwide. Bacteria was detected in some samples and this lack of sterility can lead to irritation or deteriorating eye conditions, even loss of sight. To date, there have been no reports of adverse reactions. However, the company will continue to monitor for reports of product complaints due to the contamination of these products.

Consumers who have purchased Hy-Optic, OptiVet, and Optimend should stop using them immediately and return the product back to where it was purchased for a full refund. If there is illness associated with the treated eye, contact your veterinarian for further diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Untreated conditions may result in eyesight loss both temporary and permanent.

Notifications of the recall have been sent to distributors. Adverse reactions associated with these or other products for animal use should be reported to the FDA via their website.