Allergan (NYSE:AGN), headquartered in Dublin and founded in 1950, Allergan is voluntarily recalling certain lots of various ophthalmic ointments because some users reported them to be contaminated, the pharmaceutical company announced two days ago.
“A small black particle” is what a small number of customers found attached to the product’s cap, the company said in a news release posted on the website of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Unscrewing the cap from the aluminum tube can create the particle. Users run the risk of the particle making it’s way into the ointment.
In the adverse events reported by consumers includes: foreign bodies in the eye, superficial eye injury, pain, swelling and blurred vision.
The ointments in question are:
- Refresh Lacri-Lube (3.5g and 7g) for dry eye: REFRESH® LACRI-LUBE® provides strong, soothing relief for more intense dry eyes. It protects eyes from nighttime dryness and exposure and is ideal for use at bedtime.
- Refresh P.M. (3.5 g) for dry eye: REFRESH P.M.® provides strong, soothing relief for more intense dry eyes in a preservative-free formula. It protects eyes from nighttime dryness and exposure and is ideal for use at bedtime.
- FML (fluorometholone ophthalmic ointment) 0.1%, 3.5g – an anti-inflammatory agent: FML® ointment is indicated for the treatment of corticosteroid-responsive inflammation of the palpebral and bulbar conjunctiva, cornea and anterior segment of the globe.
- Blephamide (Sulfacetamide sodium and prednisolone acetate ophthalmic ointment) 10%, 0.2%, 3.5g, which combines an antibiotic and a corticosteroid: Sulfacetamide sodium exerts a bacteriostatic effect against susceptible bacteria by restricting the synthesis of folic acid required for growth through competition with p-aminobenzoic acid
The lots subject to the recall have expiration dates that range from April 2017 to March 2018. Customers should stop using the recalled ointments and return them to Allergan. More information about the recall , including lot numbers of the products in question is available on the FDA website).
While seeking a natural health alternative to eye ointments, I have found several resources that I hope you will at least consider before turning in to westernized modern “medicine”.
Healthwyze has a great article here’s an excerpt “Standard eye drops contain a plethora of other toxic ingredients that were designed to ensure that they never have bacterial growth. The chemicals were chosen specifically because they are poisonous. After becoming aware of these problems, we decided to formulate our own eye drops; with safety, simplicity, and effectiveness as our guiding principles. Our simple formulation is more effective at relieving conditions such as conjunctivitis (pink eye) than over-the-counter medications. The base for the eye drops is colloidal silver, which is a safe, natural antibiotic, and anti-microbial.”
I found these natural eye remedies for puffiness and dry eye on YouTube, from the show Dr’s.
The Mayo Clinic suggests that further study is needed, but some alternative medicine approaches may help relieve your dry eye symptoms. Discuss the benefits and risks with your doctor.
- Fatty acids. Adding omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids to your diet may help relieve dry eye signs and symptoms. These are available as supplements and in foods such as flaxseed, salmon, sardines and vegetable oils.
- Castor oil eyedrops. These eyedrops may improve symptoms by reducing tear evaporation.
- Acupuncture. Some people have seen their dry eye symptoms improve after acupuncture therapy.
To the ones of you who suffer from eye irritation and eye problems, I hope you the best, and pray you get well soon.
Here’s to Your Health!