The Health Services Authority in Singapore has issued a warning regarding two counterfeit eye drops, under the names EYE MO, and EYE MO Moist. The drops were determined to be of very poor quality and showed evident of bacterial contamination.
The manufacturer of the official EYE MO brand, Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK), has confirmed that neither of the products in question were authentic.
After becoming aware of the counterfeit products being sold at a provision shop in late 2015, the HAS issued a warning on March 1st, 2016.
Through investigations across Singapore, one other shop has been found to be selling the same counterfeit eye drops, as stated in their official press release.
The details of the fake drops, as outlined in their briefing, included the following information:
Sold in 7.5 ml packs only, whereas genuine EYE MO brand products can be found in 7.5ml, 9ml, 15ml, and 18ml quantities.
Counterfeit packages were printed with batch numbers not used by GSK on official EYE MO products.
Combination 1 (Eye Mo Regular): Batch Number: 15106160, Manufacturing Date: 06/03/15
Combination 2 (Eye Mo Regular): Batch Number: 15025028, Manufacturing Date: 18/03/15
Combination 3 (Eye Mo Moist): Batch Number: 15004105, Manufacturing Date: 30/04/15
Sold at two confirmed locations so far
Eskimo Frozen Foods, Chai Chee Avenue
H.J. Ventures Pte, 150A Bishan Street 11
This is the first documented case of counterfeit eye drops being sold within Singapore. Authorities have said that despite the small number of units sold to the public, the health risks are very serious, and any products matching this description should be discarded immediately.
Intended to be applied directly to the eyes, the bacterial contamination within the eye drops could cause infection, leading to more serious problems, including corneal ulcers or even blindness.
In addition, the use of counterfeit eye drops carries a higher risk of infection if the consumer has had recent ocular surgery or has pre-existing diseases, such as diabetes mellitus, said HSA.
by Emily Tait