Avaira Contact Lens Recall Lawsuit
The Cooper Companies under investigation

Certain directors and officers at The Cooper Companies, parent company to CooperVision®, are being investigated by a law firm on behalf of shareholders. Allegations are being made against the company that the company stock value had been inflated. Shareholders who purchased stock between March 4th and November 15th of 2011 are encouraged to contact the Shareholder’s Foundation regarding possible breaches of fiduciary duty by the Cooper Companies.

Complaints were made against the Cooper Companies that certain directors and officers made false and misleading statements to conceal the known quality control problems and process defects of CooperVision’s’ line of Avaira® Contact lenses. Users of Avaira contact lenses reported symptoms such as hazy vision, eye pain, and discomfort.

On August 19th, 2011 CooperVision announced its first recall of the Avaira contact lenses attributing the cause to a silicone oil residue which contaminated approximately 780,000 contact lenses.

However, on October 11th, 2011 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a public warning against the company and urged that consumers return the potentially defective contact lenses and seek an eye practitioner if symptoms arise. On October 13th, 2011 the Cooper Companies announced that in cooperation with the FDA, a continuous recall of Avaira contacts would occur.

On November 15th, 2011 an expanded recall for Avaira contact lenses was issued. This time, 5 million contacts were involved including an extended line of Avaira contacts known as Avaira Sphere contact lenses.

Avaira contact lenses initially were designed with the purpose of correcting nearsightedness and farsightedness in persons with astigmatism. Instead, due to silicone contamination, these contact lenses now are being identified as having adverse effects. 

As a method of having the entire contaminated product removed from the market and out of the hands of consumers, CooperVision has contacted all of their retailers and created an international recall website, launched November 16th, which allows anyone who has purchased the contact lenses to search their lot numbers to see if indeed their lenses are affected by the recall.



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