Walmart and Walgreen's Eye Drops and Ointments Recalled Over Sterility Concerns

July 9, 2019



Altair Pharmaceuticals announced last week that it is voluntarily recalling several of its eye drops and ointments due to concerns of sterility.


The company stated the recall was initiated due to concerns from management “…regarding the sufficiency of Quality Assurance controls over critical systems in the manufacturing facility.”


According to the company, if a product intended to be sterile is not, it “…may result in serious and potentially life threatening infections or death.”


The company said it was recalling over-the-counter products sold under the brand names Equate and Support Harmony (sold only at Walmart), Walgreen’s (sold only at Walgreen’s), and items “manufactured and labeled exclusively for Perrigo Company PLC”.


Walmart Products

  • Equate Restore Tears Lubricant Eye Drops Twin Pack

  • Equate Eye Allergy Relief Drops

  • Equate Sterile Lubricant Stye Ointment

  • Equate Comfort Gel Lubricant Eye Gel Twin Pack

  • Equate Restore PM Nighttime Lubricant Eye Ointment

  • Equate Night & Day Restore Tears Lubricant Eye Pack

  • Equate Support Advanced Twin Pack

  • Equate Support Advanced Lubricating Eye Drops Dose Preservative Free

  • Equate Support Advanced Lubricant Gel Drops

  • Equate Support Moisture Lubricant Eye Drops

  • Support Harmony Lubricant Eye Drops

Click here to see the full list of recalled products and lot numbers.


Walgreen's Products

  • Lubricant Eye Drops Moisturizing

  • Lubricant Eye Drops Moisturizing Twin Pack

  • Sodium Chloride Ophthalmic Ointment 5 percent Hypertonicity Eye Ointment

  • Sodium Chloride Ophthalmic Solution

  • 5 percent Hypertonicity Eye Drops

  • Lubricant Eye Ointment PF Soothing

Click here to see the full list of recalled products and lot numbers.


Perrigo Products

  • Neomycin and Polymixin B and Bacitracin Zinc Ophthalmic Ointment,

  • NEO-POLY Dex



  • Bacitracin Ophthalmic Ointment 

  • Sulfacetamide Sodium Ophthalmic Ointment

  • Puralube Ophthalmic Ointment, which is available over the counter

Click here to see the full list of recalled products and lot numbers.


Altaire Pharmaceuticals has currently received no reports of injury due to the use of the recalled items.


The company stated it has notified all three retailers regarding the recalls. Consumers are to contact the company with questions and to see a doctor if they have "experienced any problems."



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