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CooperVision steps up contact lens recall effort

The Associated Press Staff
Published:   |   Updated: March 21, 2013 at 02:37 AM

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WASHINGTON — One of the nation's largest eye care companies is stepping up efforts to publicize the recall of more than a half-million contact lenses after coming under pressure from federal health regulators.

CooperVision issued its second announcement Wednesday on an August recall of 600,000 Avaira Toric contact lenses linked to pain, red eye and blurred vision by wearers.

The Food and Drug Administration said earlier in the week that more effort was needed to alert consumers to the defective products, which contain a residue caused by a manufacturing problem.

The increasingly public back-and-forth between Pleasanton, Calif.-based CooperVision and the FDA underscores the agency's limited authority to dictate the handling of recalls.

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