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Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP | Apr 7, 2017

Why are Avastin Eye Injections Contaminated with Silicone?

Categories: Defective Drugs and Medical Devices

Scientific studies have established that these silicone particles are coming from the silicone oil that is used to lubricate the plastic syringes that compounding pharmacies are using to fill them with Avastin.

Many compounding pharmacies use syringes that are intended to be used by diabetics for injection into the skin. In many cases, both the barrel and the needle of the syringe have been lubricated with silicone oil. Such lubrication may be suitable for skin injections, but not for eye injections.

As one paper noted, “repackaging Avastin in these syringes is an off-label use of the syringe. Because these syringes were not specifically designed and tested for intraocular use, control of relevant parameters such as the amount of silicone oil applied per syringe may not be as stringent as one would desire for use in injection into the eye.”

Avastin eye injections have been linked to silicone floaters in the eye as a result of compounding facilities that fill and repackage syringes. If you or someone you love has received an Avastin eye injection and have experienced a complication, you may have a case for compensation. Our legal team at Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP is currently investigating these cases and is available to discuss your rights and how we may be able to help you during a free consultation.

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