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Eye medicines for your pets recalled by the same company that recalled human eye meds

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates the safety of drugs, but sometimes a problem arises that triggers a recall. Here's how the recall process works and what you should do if a medicine you use is recalled.
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates the safety of drugs, but sometimes a problem arises that triggers a recall. Here's how the recall process works and what you should do if a medicine you use is recalled.

Altaire Pharmaceuticals recalled 60 lots of veterinary eye ointments on Thursday, the month after July’s massive recall of prescription and over-the-counter eye medicines for humans.

It’s not clear if the recalls are connected, although the reason given in the Altaire-written recall notice Thursday — “concerns regarding some (Quality Assurance) controls in the manufacturing facility” — reads the same as the reason given for July’s eye ointment and gel recalls that hit store brands for Walgreens, CVS, Walgreens, Target and name brand Clear Eyes, among others.

The medicines included in this recall are:

Vetropolycin Ophthalmic Ointment, 3.5 gram package, prescription medicine, NDC No. 17033-028-38. Lot numbers and expiration dates: 17245/RHG (08/19), 17246/RHH (08/19), 17265/RHQ (09/19), 17305/RJE (10/19), 17329/RKD (11/19), 17330/RKE (11/19), 17331/RKF (11/19), 17245/RHG (08/19), 17246/RHH (08/19), 17265/RHQ (09/19), 17305/RJE (10/19), 17329/RKD (11/19), 17330/RKE (11/19), 17331/RKF (11/19), 17382/RLJ (12/19), 17383/RLK (12/19), 18010/SAF (01/20), 18011/SAG (01/20), 18233/SIG (09/20), 18234/SIH (09/20), 18270/SKA (11/20), 18271/SKB (11/20), 18312/SLH (12/20), 18313/SLI (12/20), 19019/TAI (01/21), 19020/TAJ (01/2), 19024/TAL (01/21), 19067/TCE (03/21), 19097/TDA (04/21).

Vetropolycin HC Ophthalmic Ointment, 3.5 gram package, NDC No. 17033-030-88. Lot numbers and expiration dates: 17243/RHF (08/19), 17324/RJQ (10/19), 17326/RKA (11/19), 17327/RKB (11/19), 17328/RKC (11/19), 17389/RLN (12/19), 18013/SAH (01/20), 18028/SAQ (01/20), 18039/SBD (02/20), 19118/TDK (04/21).

Puralube Vet Ophthalmic Ointment, 3.5 gram package, over-the-counter medicine, NDC No. 17033-211-38. Lot numbers and expiration dates: 17246/RHH (08/19), 17265/RHQ (09/19), 17305/RJE (10/19), 17329/RKD (11/19), 17330/RKE (11/19), 17331/RKF (11/19), 17382/RLJ (12/19), 17383/RLK (12/19), 18010/SAF (01/20), 18011/SAG (018/20), 18233/SIG (09/20), 18234/SIH (09/20), 18270/SKA (11/20), 18271/SKB (11/20), 18312/SLH (12/20), 18313/SLI (12/20), 19019/TAI (01/21), 19020/TAJ (01/21), 19024/TAL (01/21), 19067/TCE (03/21), 19097/TDA (04/21).

These were distributed through Dechra Veterinary Products and Altaire’s directing consumer questions on the recall to Dechra at 1-866-933-2472 or emailing support@dechra.com.

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Since 1989, David J. Neal’s domain at the Miami Herald has expanded to include writing about Panthers (NHL and FIU), Dolphins, old school animation, food safety, fraud, naughty lawyers, bad doctors and all manner of breaking news. He drinks coladas whole. He does not work Indianapolis 500 Race Day.
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