More eye meds recalled on sterility concerns that hit Walmart, Walgreens, CVS brands

David J. Neal, Miami Herald on

Published in Business News

The sterility uncertainty at an Altaire Pharmaceuticals facility that spurred the recalls of numerous prescription and over-the-counter ophthalmic ointments swept up several more brands this week, including staple Clear Eyes.

Target joins Walmart, Walgreens and CVS as major chains with store brands recalled.

Though Altaire says in its FDA-posted recall notice that none of the finished products have tested outside the sterility boundaries, it's making the voluntary recall after "management concerns" about quality control of "critical systems" in the facility.

"The FDA has determined these issues indicate a lack of sterility assurance," Altaire writes. "Administration of a non-sterile product intended to be sterile may result in serious and potentially life threatening infections or death."

This week's recalls:

Accutome: Accu-WASH, 4 fluid ounces, lot Nos. 16250; 17088; 17307; 17323; 18014; 18228; 18261; and 19119.


ActivEyes: Nighttime Lub Eye Ointment Preservative Free, 3.5 g; Altachlore Ointment, 3.5 g; Altachlore Solution, 15 ml; Altalube Ointment, 3.5 g; Preservative Free Multi-Dose Lubricant Gel Drops Long Lasting PF, 7.5 ml; Preservative Free Multi-Dose Lubricant Drops Sensitive PF, 7.5 ml; and Lubricant Eye Ointment Preservative Free, 3.5 g.

For the lot numbers recalled, click here.

Altaire: Altacaine Solution, 15 ml; Ciprofloxacin HCl Ophthalmic Solution 0.3%, 2.5 ml, 5 ml, 10 ml; Diclofenac Sodium Solution 1%, 2.5 ml and 5 ml; Fluorescein Sodium with Proparacaine HCl Ophthalmic Solution, 5 ml; Eye Wash, 15 ml, 1 fluid ounces, 4 fluid ounces; Goniotaire, 15 ml; Homatropaire, 5 ml; Ofloxacin 0.3% Ophthalmic Solution, 5 ml;

For the lot numbers recalled, click here.


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