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Surge in Pollen May Spur Many Cases of Dry Eye

Posted 29 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 29, 2015 – High pollen levels in the spring are linked to dry eye, a new study suggests. "Finding this correlation between dry eye and different seasons is one step toward helping physicians and patients treat the symptoms of dry eye even more effectively based on the time of year," said lead researcher Dr. Anat Galor, an associate professor of clinical ophthalmology at the University of Miami. Dry eye causes burning, irritation and blurred vision. It costs the U.S. health system nearly $4 billion a year, Galor's team said in background information with the study. The researchers analyzed 3.4 million visits to Veterans Affairs eye clinics nationwide between 2006 and 2011. During that time, nearly 607,000 cases of dry eye were diagnosed. April had the highest rate of patients diagnosed with dry eye, nearly 21 percent. April is also when pollen levels usually peak each ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Altaire Pharmaceuticals Carboxymethylcellulose Sodium 0.5 Percent Ophthalmic Solution Sold Under Wal-Mart, CVS, and Target Brands: Recall - Preservative May Not Be Effective Through Expiry

Posted 9 Sep 2013 by Drugs.com

ISSUE:  Altaire Pharmaceuticals, Inc., announced that it is voluntarily recalling a total of nine (9) lots of Carboxymethylcellulose Sodium 0.5% Ophthalmic Solution, 30 mL, to the consumer level. 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. A product whose preservative may not be effective could lead to the use of a contaminated product which creates a potential risk for eye infection. BACKGROUND: Carboxymethylcellulose Sodium 0.5% Ophthalmic Solution is a non-prescription (OTC) drug product used to relieve dryness of the eye and packaged in a plastic bottle inside a unit box. The product is labeled as follows (refer the Firm Press Release for a detailed product list containing affected lot numbers): equate Restore Tears Lubricant Eye ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: GenTeal Gel and GenTeal GelDrops

Posted 22 Nov 2005 by Drugs.com

[Posted 11/22/2005] Novartis Ophthalmics and FDA notified healthcare professionals and patients of a voluntary recall due to a lack of sterility assurance of seven lots of two products, GenTeal Gel and GenTeal GelDrops, intended for use to relieve dryness of the eye. While the risk of potential contamination is believed to be very low, contaminated product could cause infections in susceptible people. The five lots of GenTeal Gel include about 142,500 tubes that were distributed nationwide from March to November 2004.The two lots of GenTeal GelDrops include about 12,000 dropper bottles that were distributed nationwide in October 2005. Test results for GenTeal Gel indicated the presence of mold in a small number of samples, leading Novartis to initiate a recall of the five lots. The species of mold that is suspected is generally not harmful, but has the potential to cause an eye ... Read more

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