Eye drops sold at Walmart, Walgreens recalled because they may not be sterile
Time to check the medicine cabinet.
Select over-the-counter eye drops and ointments sold at Walgreens and Walmart stores as well as some prescription ointments sold at other retailers have been recalled over concerns the products may not be sterile.
New York-based Altaire Pharmaceuticals Inc. issued voluntary recalls for Walgreens and Walmart store brand products and a third recall for Perrigo prescription ointments, according to recall notices posted on the Food and Drug Administration’s website.
According to the recall notices, there are 23 affected products under different product name and brands and 150 affected lots that have the “potential for nonsterility.”
The recalls are being called a “precautionary measure,” and “Altaire has received no reports of adverse events, nor has Altaire obtained any out of specifications results including sterility testing, for the products.”
“Administration of a non-sterile product intended to be sterile may result in serious and potentially life-threatening infections or death,” the recall notices state.
Altaire has recalled five different products from Walgreens that were produced for the drugstore chain, with six lots affected, according to the recall notice. Here are the products with their National Drug Code (NDC) listed and lot numbers:
Lubricant Eye Drops Moisturizing: 0363-0185-13; lot 19095.
Lubricant Eye Drops Moisturizing Twin Pack: 0363-0185-49; lot 19095.
Altaire recalled 59 lots of six prescription ointments and 11 lots of the over-the-counter Puralube Ophthalmic Ointment, which were “manufactured and labeled exclusively for Perrigo Company PLC.” The products were distributed by Perrigo, the recall notice stated.
Here are the product names and NDC numbers. For list of affected lots, see the recall notice.
Neomycin and Polymixin B and Bacitracin Zinc Ophthalmic Ointment: 0574-4250-35.
NEO-POLY DEX (Neomycin and Polymixin B and Dexamethasone) Ophthalmic Ointment: 0574-4160-35.
NEO-POLYCIN HC (Neomycin and Polymixin B and Bacitracin Zinc and Hydrocortisone Acetate) Ophthalmic Ointment: 0574-4144-35.
POLYCIN (Polymixin B and Bacitracin Zinc) Ophthalmic Ointment: 0574-4021-35.