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Eyedrops Sold at Walmart, Walgreens, CVS Recalled

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This story was updated on July 16, 2019, with an additional recall of CVS Health eye drops.

July 8, 2019 -- Altaire Pharmaceuticals has recalled a wide variety of over-the-counter eyedrop solutions, ointments, and other products sold at Walmart and Walgreens.

Altaire says the products, which are designed to be sterile, may not be, raising the risk of infections and even death, the FDA says. The Walmart products carry the Equate brand label, and the products sold at Walgreens use the store’s own label.

In July 10, Altaire announced another recall of over-the-counter eyedrops to include CVS Health. The FDA notice includes 30 products.  

The company has not received reports of problems related to the recalls. 

Detailed listings of the affected items recalled can be found on the FDA’s website: 

Customers with concerns may contact Altaire at 800-258-2471, or email [email protected] Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET. Customers who have any problems related to these products should contact their doctor.

WebMD Health News Brief Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy, MD, MPH on July 08, 2019

Sources

FDA.gov: “Altaire Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Issues Voluntary Recall of Multiple Ophthalmic Products Sold at Walgreens”

FDA.gov: “Altaire Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Issues Voluntary Recall of Multiple Ophthalmic Products Sold at Wal Mart”

FDA.gov: “Altaire Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Issues Voluntary Recall Of Multiple Ophthalmic Products Sold At CVS”

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