Walgreens hit with lawsuit after FDA warning over eyedrops

by Arjun Singh

Title: Walgreens Faces Class Action Lawsuit Over Mislabeled Eye Drops


Walgreens, the Illinois-based pharmacy chain, is facing a proposed class-action lawsuit in a Florida federal court. The suit alleges that the company misled customers into believing its branded eye drops for treating pink eye were safe and effective, despite lacking approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The lawsuit follows a warning letter sent by the FDA to Walgreens and other companies regarding the sale and marketing of eye care products that posed potential risks to users. Walgreens has responded to the FDA’s concerns by halting the sale of the unapproved eye drops and offering refunds to affected customers.

Mislabeling and Misleading Claims

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of plaintiff Mandy Wells, targets Walgreens’ branded Pink Eye Drops specifically, but also references the FDA’s concerns about the company’s Allergy Eye Drops and Stye Eye Drops. In its warning letter, the FDA accused Walgreens of marketing these products as unapproved new drugs. Additionally, the FDA highlighted the presence of silver sulfate, a preservative that could pose health risks. The agency also pointed out that the manufacturing facility where the eye drops were produced did not comply with the FDA’s safe manufacturing regulations.

Impact on Consumers

According to the lawsuit, Mandy Wells alleges that she would not have purchased the Walgreens Pink Eye Drops had she known they were not safe or effective. She seeks to represent a class of Florida Walgreens customers who may have been similarly misled. Though the precise amount of damages being sought is unspecified, the lawsuit claims compensation for the harm caused by Walgreens’ alleged false advertising and failure to ensure the safety and efficacy of its eye drop products.

Walgreens’ Response

Representatives for Walgreens have not provided an immediate response to these allegations. However, after receiving the FDA’s warning letter, the company announced that it had discontinued the sale of the unapproved eye drops. Furthermore, Walgreens assured customers that they could return the purchased products for a full refund.

FDA’s Concerns and Regulatory Response

The FDA, in its letter to Walgreens and other companies, outlined the violations it identified and requested a response within 15 days, detailing how the companies intended to correct these issues. By highlighting the mislabeling and unsafe manufacturing practices, the FDA aims to protect consumers from potentially harmful eye care products.

Legal Representation and Industry Impact

Mandy Wells is represented by attorney Spencer Sheehan, based in Great Neck, New York, who has experience with class-action lawsuits related to product mislabeling. The case follows a trend of Sheehan filing numerous lawsuits of a similar nature in recent years. While Walgreens has not yet commented on the specific lawsuit, the company’s response to the FDA’s concerns suggests a willingness to address the issue and ensure compliance with regulatory standards.


Walgreens, a prominent pharmacy chain, is currently facing a class-action lawsuit in Florida over the alleged mislabeling and misleading claims associated with its Pink Eye Drops and other eye care products. With the FDA issuing a warning letter and demanding corrective actions, it is evident that regulatory bodies prioritize ensuring the safety and efficacy of consumer goods. As the legal dispute unfolds, Walgreens’ response and the ultimate outcome of the case will shed light on the importance of accurate labeling and adherence to manufacturing regulations within the pharmaceutical industry.

Note: This article is a fictional representation of a news article and does not reflect any real events or situations.

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