Walmart recalled certain Equate® Eye Drops due to “insanitary conditions” in the manufacturing facility that could lead to eye infections, vision loss, blindness, or other injuries.
Need a Texas Walmart Eye Drops Lawyer? Collen A. Clark is a true advocate for his clients and is passionate about helping Texans that have been injured or wronged. If you were diagnosed with a severe eye infection from eye drops, you should contact our lawyers immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit.
Walmart Eye Drops Recalled for Infection Risk
On October 30, 2023, the FDA added a Walmart eye drop product to a list of eye drops that consumers should NOT use due to a risk of eye infections, vision loss, and blindness.
The eye drops may be contaminated with bacteria due to “insanitary conditions in the manufacturing facility,” the FDA said.
What Eye Drops Were Recalled?
The recalled eye drop product is Walmart Equate Hydration PF Lubricant Eye Drop 10 mL, and it was sold nationwide at Walmart stores after September 2023.
How To Identify Recalled Eye Drops
The recall involves two lots of Equate® Hydration PF Lubricating Eye Drops (Propylene Glycol Eye Drops 0.6% w/v) — Lot KRPE 3090 and Lot KRPE 3091. The eye drops were manufactured by Velocity Pharma, LLC and first distributed on September 1, 2023 at Walmart.
The FDA asked the manufacturer to recall all of their eye drops on October 25, 2023, after investigators found “insanitary conditions” and “positive bacterial test results from environmental sampling of critical drug production areas in the facility,” according to the FDA Safety Warning.
The FDA warned consumers to stop using 27 eye drop products, including eye drops sold by Walmart, CVS, Rite Aid, Target, and more.
How Many People Were Injured?
No injuries were linked to Walmart eye drops, but other brands of eye drops in the FDA warning (Rugby® and Leader®) were linked to 6 injuries, including vision loss, blurry vision, and burning eyes.
What is the Risk?
Eye drops are required to be sterile because they are applied directly to the eyes, which poses higher safety risks than many other over-the-counter products. If the eye drops are contaminated, users may suffer from:
- Permanent vision loss
- Eye infection
- Invasive infection
- Infection spreads to other parts of the body
- Bloodstream infection
Equate® Eye Drops Recalled from Walmart, Walgreens
In July 2019, Walmart and Walgreens pulled certain over-the-counter eye drops because they may not be sterile. No infections were reported. The recalls were announced by Altaire Pharmaceuticals Inc., a New York-based company that sold dozens of eye drop products. The recalled Walmart eye drops include:
- Equate Restore Tears Lubricant Eye Drops Twin Pack: 49035-189-49
- Equate Eye Allergy Relief Drops: 49035-887-13
- Equate Sterile Lubricant Stye Ointment: 49035-875-50
- Equate Comfort Gel Lubricant Eye Gel Twin Pack: 49035-197-49
- Equate Restore PM Nighttime Lubricant Eye Ointment: 49035-191-50
- Equate Night & Day Restore Tears Lubricant Eye Pack: 49035-883-59
- Equate Support Advanced Twin Pack: 49035-885-49
- Equate Support Advanced Lubricating Eye Drops Dose Preservative Free: 49035-882-54
- Equate Support Advanced Lubricant Gel Drops Multi Dose Preservative Free: 49035-882-52
- Equate Support Moisture Lubricant Eye Drops: 49035-145-10
- Support Harmony Lubricant Eye Drops: 49035-145-10
Need a Walmart Eye Drops Lawyer in Texas?
Collen A. Clark is a true advocate for his clients and is passionate about helping Texans that have been injured or wronged.
Collen’s amazing success in the courtroom and well known dedication to his clients has earned him the recognition of his peers as one of The Top Trial Lawyers in Texas.”
The Clark Firm has assembled a team of trial lawyers with more than 100 years of experience, participation in over 600 jury trials, and $260 million in verdicts and/or settlements. Please use the form below to contact our law firm for a free case review.