Do you use eye drops or ointments? If so, this might be the right time to check your medicine drawer.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said several eye drops and ointments that are exclusively sold at Walmart and Walgreens have been recalled because they might be non-sterile.
Altaire Pharmaceuticals Inc. has issued voluntary recalls for various over-the-counter and prescription eye drops and ointments – all manufactured and labeled for Walmart. The company recalled several Equate and Perrigo prescription ointments that are listed on the FDA website.
The recalled says, “Administration of a non-sterile product intended to be sterile may result in serious and potentially life-threatening infections or death.”
According to Altaire, the use of non-sterile products could lead to potentially serious and life-threatening infections or death. The pharma company said there have been no problems reported so far with the recalled eye drops and ointments.
For Walgreens, Altaire has issued a recall of several over-the-counter and prescription eye drops and ointments, including OTC moisturizing eye drops, sodium chloride ophthalmic ointment, sodium chloride ophthalmic solution, and lubricant eye ointment, which are under the brand name Walgreens.
Altaire said it has notified Walmart and Walgreens about the recalls on July 3, 2019, and asked them to notify their customers. To know more about the recalled products, consumers can call Altaire at 1-800-258-2471.