AMO Complete Timeline

1973—Dr. Dan Jones of Houston identifies the first instance of a corneal infection from Acanthamoeba keratitis in the United States. It involves a rancher injured in an accident, and he is not wearing contact lenses.

Mid-1980s—Doctors report an Acanthamoeba outbreak among contact lens users.

August 2003—After getting the approval of the Food and Drug Administration, Advanced Medical Optics puts its Complete Moisture Plus Multi-Purpose Solution on sale in the American and European markets.

2004—Dr. Elmer Tu of the University of Illinois at Chicago notices an unusually high number of people suffering from Acanthamoeba keratitis. He informs the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

January 2005—The first confirmed cases of Acanthamoeba keratitis in patients using AMO Complete solution.

May 2006—The Illinois Department of Public Health informs the CDC about a possible increase in Acanthamoeba keratitis at an ophthalmology center in that state during the preceding three years.

November 2006—The first recall of AMO Complete. It is initiated because certain lots of the 12-ounce AMO Complete and Active Packs were contaminated with bacteria.

2006—AMO Complete solution generates sales of more than $1 billion.

May 26, 2007—At the urging of the FDA, the company issues an full AMO Complete recall to withdraw the contact lens solution from the global market.

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