Altaire Pharmaceuticals Issues Recall of Multiple Ophthalmic Products

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NEW YORK—Altaire Pharmaceuticals announced last week that it is voluntarily recalling several prescription drug products “as a precautionary measure.” The company attributed the recall to management concerns regarding the sufficiency of quality assurance controls over critical systems in the manufacturing facility. The recall is being carried out to the retail level and is only for the specific lots listed, the company said. In addition, Altaire announced that it is voluntarily recalling over-the-counter (OTC) drug products sold at both Walmart and Walgreens under the companies' store-brand labels. They include Lubricant Eye Drops Moisturizing and related products. (The Walmart products affected are marketed under the "Equate"  and "Support Harmony" labels and the Walgreens' products carry a Walgreens name on the packaging.) For more information on this recall, visit the FDA notice here.

The recall prescription drug covers Polycin (Polymixin B and Bacitracin Zinc) Ophthalmic Ointment and other ophthalmic ointments. For more details on the specific products and lots, visit the Food and Drug Administration recall notice here.

Altaire said the recalled products are manufactured and labeled exclusively for Perrigo Company, which acts as the distributor. As of last week, Altaire said it has received no reports of adverse events, nor any out of specifications results including sterility testing, for the products.

Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA's MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program. Complete and submit the report online here.