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GenTeal FDA Alerts

The FDA Alert(s) below may be specifically about GenTeal or relate to a group or class of drugs which include GenTeal (ocular lubricant).

MedWatch Safety Alerts are distributed by the FDA and published by Following is a list of possible medication recalls, market withdrawals, alerts and warnings. For the latest FDA MedWatch alerts, go here.

Recent FDA Alert(s) for ocular lubricant

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

Sep 8, 2013

Audience: Consumer, Eye Care, Pharmacy, Patient, Health Professional

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 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.

RECOMMENDATION: Consumers who have the product with any of the lot numbers listed in the Firm Press Release should stop use of the product immediately and return it to the place of purchase.

Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact Altaire Pharmaceuticals at 1-800-258-2471, Monday – Friday from 9 am – 5 pm ET. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this drug product.

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:

[09/06/2013 - Firm Press Release - FDA]

GenTeal Gel and GenTeal GelDrops

Nov 22, 2005

Audience: Ophthalmologists, other healthcare professionals and consumers

[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 infection in susceptible people, especially in those with compromised immune systems.

[November 16, 2005 - Press Release - Novartis]

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