B+L voluntarily recalls eye vitamins

August 4, 2010

Bausch + Lomb (B+L) is voluntarily recalling an eye vitamin (PreserVision Eye Vitamin AREDS 2 Formula with Omega 3) after receiving ?a small number of reports predominantly within a specific age group, age 70 and older, who reported difficulty swallowing or a choking sensation when taking the soft gel,? according to the company.

Madison, NJ-Bausch + Lomb (B+L) is voluntarily recalling an eye vitamin (PreserVision Eye Vitamin AREDS 2 Formula with Omega 3) after receiving “a small number of reports predominantly within a specific age group, age 70 and older, [that] reported difficulty swallowing or a choking sensation when taking the soft gel,” according to the company.

The formulation, the only supplement being recalled by the company, is only available in the United States.

“To clarify, the formulation . . . is safe,” B+L officials said in a statement. “While many of our customers can comfortably swallow the supplement, we believe the design of the soft gel requires further consideration.”

The company plans to release the vitamin later this year in a smaller soft gel that will be dosed twice per day, two pills per dose.

B+L has notified retailers and eye-care professionals and is asking consumers to return the product to the company even if they find swallowing it comfortable. Consumers can call 800/553-5340 for instructions on returning and reimbursement. The customer service line is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST Monday through Friday.