Eye drops and ointments sold exclusively at Walmart and Walgreens stores are under recall because they may not be sterile, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The Walmart Recall
Altaire Pharmaceuticals Inc. issued a voluntary recall for a number of Equate products— manufactured and labeled exclusively for Walmart. The products include those for allergy relief, eye drops, solutions, and gel drops. Altaire also has several Perrigo prescription ointments on recall and those are also listed on the FDA website.
Consumers should know the FDA warns in the recall notice the following: “Administration of a nonsterile product intended to be sterile may result in serious and potentially life-threatening infections or death.”
They go on to say, “To date, Altaire has received no reports of adverse events, nor has Altaire obtained any out of specifications results including sterility testing, for the products.”
The Walgreens Recall
In the Walgreens recall, Altaire is recalling several over-the-counter and prescription eye drops and ophthalmic ointments sold under the brand name “Walgreens.” These include moisturizing eye drops, sodium chloride ophthalmic ointment, and lubricant eye ointment. The company says there have been no adverse reactions reported thus far. A complete list of recalled products can be found on the FDA website.
What To Do
Customers can contact Altaire Pharmaceuticals Inc., by calling 1-800-258-2471, or by email firstname.lastname@example.org Monday thru Friday from 8:30 am-5:00 pm EST. Those experiencing problems that may be related to using these products are directed to “contact their physician or healthcare provider.”
Consumers can report adverse reactions or quality problems to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting Program either online, by mail or by fax using these forms and contact numbers:
- Complete and submit the report Online
- Regular Mail or Fax: Download form or call 1- 800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178
The company concludes their recall with the following message to consumers: “Altaire takes its mission of customer safety and providing quality products very seriously. The company is committed to, and diligently working to, ensure the sufficiency of Quality Assurance controls over critical systems in its manufacturing facility.”
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