Posted by: foodbuglady | September 27, 2011

CooperVision Expands Toric Contact Lens Recall

More than one month after its initial recall notice, CooperVision has added more production lots to the list of recalled contact lenses.

Thanks to a recall notice posted by Spain’s Agency for Drugs and Health Products (Agencia Española de Medicamentos y Productos Sanitarios, or AEMPS), we now know that the recalled lenses were manufactured in the United Kingdom by CooperVision Manufacturing Ltd.

Last month (August), we learned from the Hong Kong Department of Health that the recalled CooperVision contact lenses were sold in the USA, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, Spain, Germany and Italy.

Brands affected by this recall include Avaira Toric (multiple countries), Lent Soft 4 Air Tórica (Spain), Encore 100 Toric (Costco Canada), and BioComfort XO Toric (Hong Kong). Following is a complete list of recalled lot numbers, as provided in the Spanish recall notices:

10509500015006, 10526500022008, 10442550000004, 10454500011010, 10471550002004, 10490500007016, 10510500012016, 10526500023006, 10443500004004, 10454500011018, 10471550002010, 10490500009008, 10515500012006, 10526500023014, 10444500007004, 10454500012010, 10472500007013, 10490500011016, 10516500013008, 10526550009006, 10445500006004, 10454500012022, 10472500007015, 10490500012022, 10516500018004, 10527500015012, 10445500006008, 10454500013012, 10472500007024, 10490550003008, 10517500014008, 10543500012008, 10445500007002, 10454500015016, 10472500008024, 10517500015000, 10543500012016, 10445500009008, 10454550003006, 10472500010012, 10517500024004, 10543500013004, 10445500016006, 10454550003020, 10472500013006, 10517550008008, 10543500015020, 10445550001001, 10454550005006, 10472500013012, 10518500013008, 10544500004005, 10445550002016, 10454550006008, 10472500014006, 10518500014006, 10544500004015, 10445550003010, 10455500003002, 10472550003002, 10518500017004, 10544500015000, 10446500002009, 10455500007012, 10472550003004, 10518500020004, 10544500017006, 10446500005002, 10455550001016, 10472550007014, 10518500021002, 10544500022010, 10446500005016, 10455550002010, 10473500003024, 10524500014012, 10545500016010, 10446500006006, 10458550000022, 10473500008016, 10525500016004, 10553500016000, 10446500009012, 10459500004002, 10473550000009, 10525500016008, 10553500019000, 10446550002006, 10461500003008, 10473550001012, 10525500017004, 10561500009008, 10447500004008, 10461550001016, 10474550000012, 10525500018016, 10561500010008, 10447550000002, 10462500009006, 10475500004016, 10525500020012, 10562500012000, 10447550000010, 10462550000010, 10480500002008, 10526500011024, 10562500012022, 10448500004018, 10463500008018, 10480500005000, 10526500013022, 10562500014000, 10451500004022, 10463550001006, 10481500006004, 10526500015000, 10562500015000, 10452500004002, 10463550004004, 10481500008006, 10526500016000, 10562500015004, 10453500005000, 10464500003004, 10481550002000, 10526500016004, 10562500016000, 10453500005006, 10464500005012, 10481550002012, 10526500017012, 10562500019008, 10453500007022, 10464550001008, 10481550003010, 10526500018004, 10562500021002, 10453500009004, 10470500005022, 10483500003020, 10526500019014, 10562500021012, 10453500009020, 10470500006007, 10485500004016, 10526500020004, 10562500022012, 10453550000017, 10470500010016, 10488500003008, 10526500020008, 10438550000004, 10453550002010, 10471500005008, 10489500004006, 10526500021002, 10439500004010, 10454500007004, 10471500006022, 10489500004014, 10526500021016, 10439550000004, 10454500008002, 10471500008016, 10489500005016, 10526500022006, 10439550000009, 10454500008014, 10471500008018, 10490500006000, 10443500007006, 10451550002006, 10453500011010, 10453500004022, 10463500005000, 10463500009010, 10463500008014, 10464500007006, 10469550000020, 10471500006006, 10471550001006, 10471500003008, 10471500004008, 10471500003014, 10472500007000, 10472500006004, 10472500007004, 10479500004008, 10490500007010, 10509550003010, 10524500010010, 10456500005004, 10535500013000, 10543500013006, 10543500014006, 10543500014014, and 10544500013000.

FDA is ‘aware’ of the situation (as I reported on September 22nd) but has not issued a recall notice or health alert. Neither has Health Canada.

As part of my September 22nd article, I posted a total of 14 reports of corneal abrasion, tears and eye pain caused by the recalled CooperVision lenses that I had received from readers. Later that day, I received the following:

From Court, on September 22:- Picked these up on a wednesday. Friday I tore off half my cornea in one eye and scratched the hell out of the other. I have been wearing contacts for over 10 years and i have never had this issue. Pasco, Washington is where I purchased them. Today I got a call from 1800contacts telling me about this recall. I looked up my lot # as advised and they are part of the recalled batch My new eye doctor is meeting with her associates to discuss how they plan on dealing with their patients’ needs. Has anyone heard or filed a class action law suit? I missed a day of work, ruined my labor day weekend and put me through hours/days of pain.

And this comment was just posted to eFoodAlert by Molly Martin, of CooperVision:

CooperVision initiated a voluntary recall of certain Lots of Avaira Toric. While we do not actively monitor or participate in online blogs, we were informed of this one and felt important to provide more details which can be found at CooperVision.com. We ask Avaira Toric lens wearers to call our Consumer Customer Service Department to learn more, ask any questions and allow us to help, 1-855-5-COOPER, (1-855-526-6737) or email consumercare@coopervision.com. (Consumer Care hours of operation are 9:00AM – 5:00PM ET Mon-Fri).

To find out whether your contact lenses are affected by this recall, either refer to the list of recalled lot numbers (above), contact CooperVision directly using the information provided by Molly Martin, or use the “Search” feature on CooperVision’s recall web page.

FDA’s – and Health Canada’s – lack of public comment on this recall is nothing short of scandalous. How many more people must suffer eye injury before these agencies do their jobs?

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  1. [...] lots of Avaira® Toric contact lenses due to a “residue” problem. The recall, which was expanded in late September to include additional production lots, affected consumers in the USA, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, [...]

  2. Thanks for providing this information.

  3. [...] addition to the brands identified in public recall notices around the world – Avaira®, Encore100®, BioComfort XO and Lent Soft 4 Air Tórica – consumers are [...]

  4. [...] does CooperVision continue to limit its public statements to Avaira® Toric contact lenses, when additional brands such as BioComfort XO (Hong Kong), Encore100 (Canada) and Lent Soft 4 Air Tórica (Spain) also have [...]

  5. [...] notification of the defective lenses, including recalls issued in Hong Kong, Australia and in Spain, where the public notice included a list of more than 200 affected lots of lenses. The Hong Kong [...]

  6. [...] notification of the defective lenses, including recalls issued in Hong Kong, Australia and in Spain, where the public notice included a list of more than 200 affected lots of lenses. The Hong Kong [...]

  7. Similiar situation here – I went to ER on 7/9/2011 with a torn cornea of my left eye – more painful than childbirh. Left hospital with three prescriptions and lost an entire day due to bed rest. I was never told of any recall until SEPTEMBER. I am furious to say the least at how Cooper has handled this and plan on taking legal action. Cooper still has not stated what exactly was the residue on the lenses? I of course will never purchase any future products from Cooper Vision.

  8. [...] CooperVision Toric Lens brands: Avaira®, BioComfort XO, Encore 100, and Lent Soft 4 Air. [...]


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