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Johnson & Johnson has announced that it will recall millions of 1 Day Acuvue contact lenses. For now, most users of the contact lenses in the United States need not worry, the recall is currently limited to Japan and 24 other countries in Asia and Europe.
According to the Associated Press for BusinessWeek, some consumers of the lenses have complained of stinging or pain when they used their contacts. The recall was announced on Thursday, August 19. According to J&J, a piece of manufacturing equipment failed during the step when the lenses are rinsed, leaving a residue. This malfunction was limited a certain time-frame on a particular manufacturing line.
GovMonitor.com reports that many of the lots of the 1 Day Acuvue Contact Lenses under recall were those distributed in Singapore. For a complete list of those lot numbers, please click here. The lot numbers are the first 10 digits printed at the side of the product box and on the individual blister packs.
Globally, there are additional lots that are affected. J&J has been asked to cease the supply of all affected lots as well as to inform all retailers, including optometrists and optical outlets, to stop the sales of the lenses immediately. Retailers will also be required to remove the affected stocks from their shelves.
Should any U.S. consumers find they have received any of the affected 1 Day Acuvue®TruEye Brand contact lenses, they are asked to stop using the product and consult a doctor if they experience symptoms of eye irritation or feel unwell after using the affected lots of this product. If consumers find they have any of the recalled lenses, they should discard them.
For additional information, consumers are advised to contact Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Singapore at 1800-2233113 between the hours of 8:00am-11:00pm daily, email to askacuvueSG@its.jnj.com or visit their website at www.acuvue.com.sg.