A Gazette Consumer Alert — equate Restore Tears Lubricant Eye Drops to be recalled
Altaire Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of 9 Lots of Carboxymethylcellulose Sodium 0.5% Ophthalmic Solution Sold Under Several Brands Because the Preservative May Not Be Effective Through Expiry
Aqueboque, NY, Altaire Pharmaceuticals, Inc., announces today that it is voluntarily recalling a total of nine (9) lots of Carboxymethylcellulose Sodium 0.5% Ophthalmic Solution, 30 mL, to the consumer level. There have been no reports of adverse effects to consumers so far. However, due to complaints of mold found in the 30 mL bottles after use, concerns regarding the effectiveness of the preservative after use and handling of the product by consumers have prompted the recall.
The product is known generically as Carboxymethylcellulose Sodium 0.5% Ophthalmic Solution and labeled as follows:
- equate Restore Tears Lubricant Eye Drops Carboxymethylcellulose Sodium 0.5%, Sterile, 1 FL OZ (30 mL) – Distributed by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.;
- Lubricant EYE DROPS FOR MILD TO MODERATE DRY EYE, STERILE, 1 FL OZ (30 mL), for Mild to Moderate Dry Eye – Distributed by CVS Pharmacy, Inc.;
- lubricant eye drops for mild to moderate dry eye, STERILE, 1 FL OZ (30 mL) – Dist. by Target Corp.