Eye drops and ointments sold at Walgreens and Walmart are being recalled

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If you’ve purchased any eye drops or ointments recently, check your cabinets.

Multiple eye drops and ointments sold at Walmart and Walgreens stores are being voluntarily recalled by Altaire Pharmaceuticals, Inc. According to the Food and Drug Administration, the recalled products may not be sterile, which “may result in serious and potentially life-threatening infections or death.”

The recall is for various Equate and Support Harmony products manufactured and labeled for Walmart, as well as several over-the-counter and prescription eye drops and ophthalmic ointments sold at Walgreens under the brand names Walgreens and Perrigo.

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Products involved in the recall for Walmart include allergy relief, lubricant, nighttime lubricant, restore tears, advanced support and more.

For Walgreens, recalled products include soothing, moisturizing, sodium chloride ophthalmic ointment and sodium chloride ophthalmic solution. You can find the full list of products recalled from Walmart and Walgreens on the FDA’s website.

The list of prescription drops and ointments recalled is also available.

As of the time of the recall, there were no reports of adverse effects. However, you should stop using the products immediately if you have them in your medicine cabinet.

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The products have already been pulled from store shelves and are no longer available on Walmart’s and Walgreen’s websites.

If you have questions, you can contact Altaire Pharmaceuticals, Inc. by calling 1-800-258-2471 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST or e-mailing otcdruggist@aol.com. If you’ve used the products and experienced issues or are concerned about symptoms, contact your physician or healthcare provider. You should also report adverse reactions to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program by filling out a form online.

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