The Mentholatum Company announced a voluntary recall of Rohto Arctic, Rohto Ice, Rohto Hydra, Rohto Relief and Rohto Cool eye drops. The recall was initiated due to a manufacturing review at the production facility in Vietnam involving sterility controls. To date, there has been no evidence indicating that product does not meet specifications.
BACKGROUND: The products are sold nationwide over-the-counter at pharmacies and retail stores. This recall includes only lots of product that were manufactured in Vietnam. This recall affects Rohto Arctic, Rohto Ice, Rohto Hydra, Rohto Relief and Rohto Cool eye drops that were made in Vietnam only, which can be identified by the words "Made in Vietnam" on the side carton panel under the company name and address information, as well as on the back label of the bottle. The lot numbers for products made in Vietnam will include the letter "V," for example, "Lot 3E1V," and will be located on the bottom panel of the carton, and on the bottom of the eye drop bottle.
Novartis has recalled about 5.3 million bottles of blood-pressure medications and other drugs that were provided as free samples to U.S. physicians' offices, citing potential contamination by a packaging chemical.
The bulk of the voluntary recall, which was initiated in the summer, was for about 4.7 million bottles of hypertension treatments Exforge and a related drug, Exforge HCT, according to information posted online this week by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Other drugs included in the recall were blood-pressure treatments Diovan, Tekturna and Tekturna HCT; Lescol XL cholesterol-lowering tablets; and Stalevo for Parkinson's disease.
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