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Eyedrops sold at Walmart, Walgreens recalled over possible contamination concerns

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By: Cox Media Group National Content Desk

Certain eyedrops manufactured exclusively for sale at Walgreens are being recalled over concerns about possible contamination, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

Company officials for Altaire, which makes the products for Walgreens and Walmart, had concerns about sterility at the manufacturing facility and decided to pull specific lots shipped to stores from May 8 to May 24. 

The items under the Walgreens recall include: 

Lubricant Eye Drops Moisturizing Walgreens item #: 801483 NDC #: 0363-0185-13 Package Size: 15 mL.

Lot NumberExpiration Date
1909504/21

Lubricant Eye Drops Moisturizing Twin Pack Walgreens item #: 801477 NDC #: 0363-0185-49 Package Size: 2 x 15 mL.

Lot NumberExpiration Date
1909504/21

Sodium Chloride Ophthalmic Ointment, 5% Hypertonicity Eye Ointment Walgreens item #: 801482 NDC #: 0363-7500-50 Package Size: 3.5 gram.

Lot NumberExpiration Date
TCI03/21

Sodium Chloride Ophthalmic Solution, 5% Hypertonicity Eye Drops Walgreens item #: 801402 NDC #: 0363-0193-13 Package Size: 15 mL.

Lot NumberExpiration Date
1910504/22
1905002/22

Lubricant Eye Ointment PF Soothing Walgreens item #: 801486 NDC #: 0363-0191-50 Package Size: 3.5 gram.

Lot NumberExpiration Date
TDB04/22

The company also supplied eyedrops for Walmart under the Equate brand.

The items under the Walmart recall include:

Equate Restore Tears Lubricant Eye Drops Twin Pack W-M item #: 552374320 NDC #: 49035-189-49 Package Size: 2 x 15 mL.

Lot NumberExpiration Date
1719607/19
1729209/19
1735511/19
1904002/21

Equate Eye Allergy Relief Drops W-M item #: 567371432 NDC #: 49035-887-13 Package Size: 15 mL.

Lot NumberExpiration Date
1912805/21
1900901/21
1900301/21
1903401/21
1906002/21
1906102/21
1825210/20
1805803/20
1822409/20
1818507/20
1815206/20
1815906/20
1809104/20
1809004/20
1806903/20

Equate Sterile Lubricant Stye Ointment W-M item #: 563031651 NDC #: 49035-875-50 Package Size: 3.5 gram.

Lot NumberExpiration Date
SAJ01/21
SFE06/21
SIA09/21
RIE09/20
REH05/20
RAD01/20
TAH01/22
TDD04/22

Equate Comfort Gel Lubricant Eye Gel Twin Pack W-M item #: 552374319 NDC #: 49035-197-49 Package Size: 2 x 15 mL.

Lot NumberExpiration Date
1738412/19
1725908/19
1900201/21
1904102/21
1822209/20
1808404/20

Equate Restore PM Nighttime Lubricant Eye Ointment W-M item #: 551282425 NDC #: 49035-191-50 Package Size: 3.5 gram.

Lot NumberExpiration Date
SKG08/21
SHK08/21
SHJ08/21
SEC05/21
SCB03/21
SBC02/21
RLB12/20
RBB02/20
RHR08/20
RFK06/20
RAB01/20
TAD01/22
TAQ01/22
TBI02/22
TDB04/22
QHE08/19
QJD10/19
SGE07/21

Equate Night & Day Restore Tears Lubricant Eye Pack W-M item #: 567368000 NDC #: 49035-883-59 Package Size: 3.5g and 15mL.

Lot NumberExpiration Date
KT1914602/21
KT1813304/20
KT1819407/20
KT1812902/20

Equate Support Advanced Twin Pack W-M item #: 567371433 NDC #: 49035-885-49 Package Size: 2 x 15 mL.

Lot NumberExpiration Date
1913705/22
1902201/22

Equate Support Advanced Lubricating Eye Drops Dose Preservative Free W-M item #: 563031654 NDC # 49035-882-54: Package Size: 25 count (0.6 mL fill).

Lot NumberExpiration Date
RKP11/19
RIN09/19
SLC12/20
RIF09/19
TBE02/21
TBI02/21
SHB08/20

Equate Support Advanced Lubricant Gel Drops Multi Dose Preservative Free W-M item #: 567367998 NDC #: 49035-882-52 Package Size: 7.5 mL.

Lot NumberExpiration Date
1901501/21
1911704/21
1808007/20
1811105/20

Equate Support Moisture Lubricant Eye Drops W-M item #: 553503238 NDC #: 49035-145-10 Package Size:10 mL.

Lot NumberExpiration Date
1901101/21
1805202/20
1826610/20
1817807/20
1738512/19

Support Harmony Lubricant Eye Drops W-M item #: 553503238 NDC #: 49035-145-10 Package Size: 10 mL (Note: Support Harmony packaging was discontinued in January 2018.).

Lot NumberExpiration Date
1729009/19

There have not been any reports of adverse effects from using the affected eyedrops. Customers are asked to return the recalled products.

If you have any questions about the recall, you can contact Altaire Pharmaceuticals Inc. at 1-800-258-2471 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT.

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