FDA: Stop marketing unapproved tear stain products for cats and dogs - Dr. Marty Becker

FDA: Stop marketing unapproved tear stain products for cats and dogs

Saturday, Aug 30th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Dog portraitThe FDA issued a stern warning to the manufacturers of certain tear stain removers, saying that the products contain a drug not approved for cats and dogs.

From their announcement:

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is issuing warning letters today to companies manufacturing unapproved animal drugs to remove tear stains in dogs and cats. These products, including Angels’ Eyes, Angels’ Glow, Pets’ Spark, and exported products Glow Groom and Health Glow, have not been reviewed by FDA for safety and effectiveness. These tear stain removers also contain the medically important antibiotic tylosin tartrate, which is not approved for use in dogs or cats, nor for the treatment of conditions associated with tear stains. Tear stain remover products are used to treat tear staining conditions around the eyes of animals, which, in particular, is associated with a condition called epiphora, mostly in cats and dogs.

FDA has serious concerns about unapproved animal drugs. Unapproved animal drugs are not reviewed by FDA and may not meet FDA’s strict standards for safety and effectiveness.

These tear stain drug products may be subject to additional enforcement action should the products continue to be marketed, such as seizure of violative products and/or injunction against the manufacturers and distributors of the violative products.

To read the FDA’s warning letter to Angels’ Eyes, made by a company called I’m a Little Teacup, click here.

To read the FDA’s warning letter to Angel’s Glow, made by Blanc du Blanc, Inc., click here.

To read the FDA’s warning letter to Petaware, the maker of Pets’ Spark, Glow Groom, and Health Glow products, click here.