Walmart's offerings now include eye drops listed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as possibly hazardous.
The public has been advised to steer clear of "Equate Hydration PF Lubricant Eye Drop 10 mL", which is in the process of being pulled from Walmart's physical locations and digital platform. This action follows an FDA advisory highlighting the danger of eye infections linked to these products, infections which carry a threat of leading to either partial or total loss of vision.
Initially, last week, health officials at the federal level cautioned the public to discard or refrain from using 26 different eye care products designed for dry or irritated eyes. This warning came after discoveries during an investigation that uncovered "insanitary conditions" at the production site, raising the possibility of contamination in these products, which are supposed to be sterile.
FDA is warning consumers not to purchase and to immediately stop using 26 over-the-counter eye drop products due to the potential risk of eye infections that could result in partial vision loss or blindness.
— FDA Drug Information (@FDA_Drug_Info) October 30, 2023
The FDA reported that positive tests for bacterial presence were detected in environmental samples from critical areas used for drug production within the facility. The specific bacteria identified have not been revealed by the agency, nor has there been any official link established by the agency between this alert and the earlier incidents of antibiotic-resistant pseudomonas aeruginosa infections related to products by Global Pharma Healthcare.
In response, Walmart released a statement affirming that it takes the "quality and safety standards seriously for all our suppliers" and is in communication with the manufacturing company.
Furthermore, Walmart has not only pulled the product off its shelves but also placed a block on its point-of-sale systems to halt any further sales of the item.
The 26 products previously flagged span several brands, including CVS Health, Leader (Cardinal Health), Rugby (Cardinal Health), Rite Aid, Velocity Pharma, and the Up & Up brand from Target.
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