B&L, Alcon settle lawsuit over color scheme

ROCHESTER, N.Y. Bausch & Lomb and Alcon Laboratories earlier this week settled the lawsuit recently filed by B&L concerning Alcon’s promotional claims about Bausch & Lomb’s ReNu MultiPlus multi-purpose disinfecting solution.

The suit centered on Alcon’s use of a color-coded chart showing differences in superficial punctate transient corneal staining profiles observed in Dr. Gary Andrasko’s research. To address Bausch & Lomb’s concern over the red-yellow color scheme of Dr. Andrasko’s corneal staining grid, Alcon has agreed to change the red-yellow color scheme used in its promotional materials.

The use of the color scheme in Alcon’s materials was not intended to communicate that the lens-solution combinations designated red or yellow meant danger or caution, and was not meant to suggest an increased risk of corneal infection.

In light of Alcon’s and B&L’s agreements, the lawsuit has been dismissed with prejudice, without any payment of damages from either party.