The pharmaceutical company Allergan has decided to recall a range of its eye ointments after some of its customers reported that they are contaminated and can be harmful if used. The problems are caused by a small, black particle that sometimes forms when the cap is unscrewed from the aluminium tubing. This small black particle can cause problems if it makes contact with the eye including irritation, pain, swelling and blurred vision. Allergan has recommended that if any of these problems occur after using one of its products then the patient should contact a physician or doctor immediately.
The offending products are Refresh Lacri-Lube, 3.5 g and 7 g, Refresh P.M., 3.5 g, FML (fluorometholone ophthalmic ointment) 0.1%, 3.5 g, and Blephamide (sulfacetamide sodium and prednisolone acetate ophthalmic ointment) 10%/0.2%, 3.5 g. The first two of these products are aimed at combating dry eye, and they are sold over the counter. The other two are sold on prescription. If you have purchased any of these products you should not use them and return them immediately. The products in question have expiration dates ranging from April 2017 until March 2018.
This is the fourth time that Allergan has issued a recall in the space of a year. The company, which was previously called Activas, is one of the 10 largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. Aside from this incident, it has made a number of recent embarrassing mistakes including; issuing birth control medication which was out of date; it had to recall capsules for treating epilepsy which had been manufactured in a faulty Indian plant, and it issued eye drops in the United Kingdom with the instructions on how to use them in Danish.