A CVS brand nasal spray is being voluntarily recalled because of potential bacterial contamination. According to a report on Livescience.com, the recall applies to Lot# 173089J of CVS Health 12-Hour Sinus Relief Nasal Mist, a nasal decongestant. The spray, manufactured by Florida-based Product Quest Manufacturing, was recalled after it was found that the product was contaminated with a bacterium called Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
How the Spray Affects Users
The symptoms of the bacterial infection depend on which part of the body becomes infected. If the bacteria get into the lungs, the person could develop pneumonia, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The bacteria could also cause eye, skin, ear and blood infections. Those who are hospitalized or have a compromised immune system are most at risk for a Pseudomonas infection. In these groups of people, this infection could lead to severe illness or death.
Infections are treated with antibiotics even though they are becoming more difficult to treat as the bacteria become more resistant to the drugs, the CDC says. Repeated use of the nasal spray could potentially lead to the bacteria building up in the person’s body, which could cause the illness.
Also, those with cystic fibrosis or weakened immune systems are at risk for life-threatening complications as a result of this infection. So far, the company has not received any reports of adverse events related to the recalled products. If you have this product at home, you should stop using it immediately and return it to the point of purchase.
Product Liability Issues
There is no question that these are absolutely dangerous products. If you haven’t used them, either discard them or return them to the store where you purchased them. However, if you have used them, it would be in your best interest to visit your doctor and ensure that you haven’t contracted the bacterial infection. This is particularly important if you are in any of the high-risk groups.
If you have become ill as a result of using this brand of nasal spray, you may be eligible to receive compensation for damages including medical expenses, loss of wages, hospitalization, pain and suffering and emotional distress. When a product has fatal consequences, family members of the deceased victim can seek compensation by filing a wrongful death claim. An experienced product defect lawyer will be able to advise victims and their families regarding their legal rights and options.