Now that the summer is in full swing people are using eye drops for a number of reasons, For those who suffer seasonal allergies, the summer is often the worse and eyedrops can provide a lot of relief. Those who swim in pools that contain chlorine often find it irritates their eyes so eye drops are often soothing after swimming. If you are someone who uses eye drops in your family you will want to be aware of this latest recall involving eye drops sold at Walgreens and Walmart.
According to the FDA, Altaire Pharmaceuticals, Inc., revealed that is has issued a voluntary recall of certain over-the-counter (OTC) eye drops and ophthalmic ointments out of concern they may not be sterile. Although Altaire confirms there have been no injuries reported as a result of using these products they do state that using products that were intended to be sterile that are non-sterile "may result in serious and potentially life-threatening infections or death."
The products affected by the recall have been manufactured exclusively for Walgreens for sale at Walgreens and Equate products manufactured exclusively for Walmart for sale at Walmart. Products affected by the recall that was sold at Walgreens include Lubricant Eye Drops, Lubricant Eye Ointment PF SoothingSodium Chloride Ophthalmic Ointment, Sodium Chloride Ophthalmic Solution and Lubricant Eye Ointment PF Soothing.
Products sold at Walmart include Equate Restore Tears Lubricant Eye Drops, Equate Eye Allergy Relief Drops, Equate Sterile Lubricant Stye Ointment, Equate Comfort Gel Lubricant Eye Gel, Equate Restore PM Nighttime Lubricant Eye Ointment, Equate Night & Day Restore Tears Lubricant Eye Pack, Equate Support Advanced, Equate Support Advanced Lubricating Eye Drops, and Equate Support Advanced Lubricant Gel Drops.
To see the full list of item size, lot number, and expiration date, check out the FDA website for the Walgreens products and the Walmart products. Altaire has notified both Walgreens and Walmart of the recall and is asking the stores to notify their customers as well as to return the potentially affected product.
If you have any concerns about the recall you can contact Altaire Pharmaceuticals Inc., by calling 1-800-258-2471, or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org Monday thru Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET.
If you have used any of these products and feel like you have experienced any issues related to that use, Altaire recommends contacting your physician or healthcare provider.