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CVS Health Eye Care Products Recalled

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The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that Altaire Pharmaceuticals Inc. on July 10 issued a voluntary recall for select lots of eye care products sold at CVS, including select CVS Health Brand products. 

Upon notification, CVS Pharmacy reportedly initiated a recall for the products at all stores and online. 

Click here for the list of the select lots of CVS Health Brand products being recalled. 

Items include, but are not limited to, CVS Health Lubricant Eye Ointment, CVS Health Lubricant Eye Ointment Sensitive Formula, CVS Health Lubricant Eye Drops for Mild to Moderate Dry Eye, CVS Health Extra Strength Lubricant Gel Drops Twin Pack, CVS Health Acting Lubricant Eye Drops Preservative Free, CVS Health Redness Relief, CVS Health Fast Acting Lubricant Eye Drops Preservative Free, and CVS Health Preservative Free Lubricant Eye Drops Sensitive Solution.

Over 30 items, all over-the-counter offerings, are included in the recall.

Altaire is recalling the specified lots as a precautionary measure due to the potential for them to be non-sterile. The FDA has determined the issues indicate a lack of sterility assurance, the federal agency announced on its website

“Administration of a non-sterile product intended to be sterile may result in serious and potentially lif threatening infections or death,” according to the FDA notice.  

To date, Altaire has not received any reports of adverse events for the products. 

The recall is being carried out to the retail level — limited to product lots currently in inventory at the chain store — and it only for the specific lots named. No other lots are being recalled.

Consumers who purchased any of the products at CVS Pharmacy on or after September 1, 2016, should immediately discontinue use and return the product(s) for a refund. 

Consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact Altaire Pharmaceuticals Inc. at 800-258-2471 (Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm EST) or otcdruggist@aol.com.

Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this product.

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