’Tis the season for allergies! But if you’ve recently purchased the CVS-brand nasal spray, then you’ll want to cease usage immediately and contact your doctor!
On August 8th, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that the CVS-brand nasal spray was officially being recalled for bacterial contamination.
The FDA website confirms that “Repetitive use of a nasal spray containing a gram-negative pathogen can potentially lead to colonization and subsequent infection which can be life-threatening in certain patient populations, such as those with cystic fibrosis or immuno-compromised.”
The recall applies only to Lot# 173089J of CVS Health 12 Hour Sinus Relief Nasal Mist, a nasal decongestant, has been contaminated with a bacterium called Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
The symptoms of pseudomonas infections differ based on where the bacteria entered your body. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shared that if the spray reaches your lungs, you can develop pneumonia. Further symptoms include ear, skin, eye and blood infections.
If you have been hospitalized or have weak lungs, please see your doctor as you are at a higher risk of a severe illness and in some cases, death.
FDA reveals that to the best of the drug’s manufacturer’s (Product Quest) knowledge, the no reports of bacterial infection have been detected.
If you have this CVS nasal spray, throw it out immediately and see a doctor if you have experienced uncommon symptoms. Anyone with questions regarding the product can contact Product Quest Manufacturing at 386-239-8787.