FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 13, 2017
Michael R. George, M.D. and the Doctors working for Tylock-George Eye Care do not use any pharmacy medications made or produced by Guardian Pharmacy of Dallas, Texas. This precautionary step was taken because a small number of post-operative cataract patients received a medication compounded by Guardian Pharmacy and developed issues with their vision.
The issue is isolated to only those patients who received the combined antibiotic and steroid medication compounded by one specific Dallas based compounding pharmacy, Guardian Pharmacy. There is no indication that the issue was due to any surgical technique.
Park Central Surgical Center and the Tylock-George Eye Care doctors using the surgery center no longer use any Guardian products, so there is no chance that patients currently scheduled for surgery will be exposed to any risk of those medications.
Based on our practice’s long history performing thousands of successful cataract surgeries, the issues that these specific cataract patients were experiencing was extremely unusual and specialist consultations were employed to determine the appropriate treatment and management strategies for those patients affected.
Dr. George, Medical Director of Tylock-George Eye Care states that the situation is, “Terribly unfortunate.” “No patient deserves to have their health or their vision jeopardized by incorrectly compounded medications.”
Tylock-George Eye Care has notified all patients who received the medication compounded by Guardian Pharmacy, and requested that they come in for examinations at no cost to them. Some patients who received the medication from Guardian did not experience any visual acuity issues. For those patients affected, some have regained normal – or close to normal – visual acuity. Other patients are apparently still experiencing visual impairment.
Investigations into the compounded medication were initiated, and preliminary findings indicate that the medication may not have been compounded to the specifications represented. A pharmacy expert believes this medication most likely caused the reduction in visual acuity in some patients. Tylock-George continues to participate in the ongoing investigation and is following up with patients.
*Disclosure: The compounding pharmacy is named Guardian Pharmacy. They are based in Dallas, Texas. The compounding pharmacy has no affiliation with the larger Guardian Pharmaceutical company based in Georgia.