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Eye Drops Recall 2019: Unsterile Medication Could Lead To Death

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Eye drop user? Then this might be worth the read for you.

According to a recent release from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), several eye drops and ointments, all of which are exclusively sold at retail giant Waltmart, have been recalled for possible being not sterile.

Altaire Pharmaceuticals Inc., the manufacturer behind the products, has issued a voluntary recall for several Equate products. This includes eye drops, gel drops, solutions and allergy relief. Furthermore, a number of Perrigo prescription ointments have also been recalled.

Eye drop recall

Walgreens, which operates as the second-largest pharmacy store chain in the U.S., is also recalling some of its over-the-counter eye drops and opthalmic ointments. This includes sodium chloride ophthalmic ointment, sodium chloride ophthalmic solution , moisturizing eye drops and lubricant eye ointment, all recalled by Altaire.

Thankfully, there have been no reports from people experiencing adverse effects from using the product and all have been recalled before any was made in the first place.

Per Walmart, some of the recalled products include Equate Restore Tears Lubricant Eye Drops Twin Pack , Equate Eye Allergy Relief Drops, Equate Sterile Lubricant Stye Ointment, Equate Comfort Gel Lubricant Eye Gel Twin Pack, Equate Restore PM Nighttime Lubricant Eye Ointment, Equate Night & Day Restore Tears Lubricant Eye Pack, Equate Support Advanced Twin Pack, Equate Support Advanced Lubricating Eye Drops Dose Preservative Free, Equate Support Advanced Lubricant Gel Drops Multi Dose Preservative Free, Equate Support Moisture Lubricant Eye Drops and Support Harmony Lubricant Eye Drops.

On the other hand, Walgreens recalled these products:  Lubricant Eye Ointment PF Soothing Walgreens , Sodium Chloride Ophthalmic Ointment, 5% Hypertonicity Eye Ointment Walgreens, Sodium Chloride Ophthalmic Solution, 5% Hypertonicity Eye Drops Walgreens, Lubricant Eye Drops Moisturizing Walgreens and Lubricant Eye Drops Moisturizing Twin Pack Walgreens.

A full list of the recalled products, along with their item and product numbers, can be found in the FDA website.

This incident counts as the newest of case of pharmaceutical recall this 2019. Earlier this year, the FDA also announced a recall of a few blood pressure medications that appear to be contaminated in some way.

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