MADISON, NJ—Bausch + Lomb, the global eye health company, is
conducting a voluntary recall of six lots of Murocel® Methylcellulose
Lubricant Ophthalmic Solution, USP 1%, only available within the United
States. (Expiry dates: 09-30-2011 through 01-31-2013). Following this
voluntary product recall, Bausch + Lomb will discontinue the product
This voluntary recall and product discontinuation is limited only to
the United States; it does not affect locations in Europe, the Middle
East or Asia-Pacific regions.
Please Note: This event is an expansion of the voluntary
recall of a single lot of Murocel® which was initiated on July 6, 2011.
See media advisory here.
Bausch + Lomb has chosen to initiate this six-lot recall based on
routine stability testing which showed the lots were out of
specification for preservative efficacy. There
have been no adverse events reported which have been attributed to the
product lots being out-of-specification for preservative efficacy. Bausch + Lomb is recalling the lots of product in the interest of patient safety.
Bausch + Lomb has chosen to discontinue Murocel® Methylcellulose
Lubricant Ophthalmic Solution because the company currently has products
within its portfolio to treat the same symptoms for which Murocel® is
indicated. Murocel® Methylcellulose Lubricant Ophthalmic Solution, USP
1% has been available for use in the United States for more than a
decade. It is an over-the-counter ophthalmic solution indicated for the
temporary relief of burning and irritation due to dryness of the eye.
Bausch + Lomb has directly contacted U.S. retailers who have been
shipped this product to initiate the recall and inform them of the steps
they should take to return the product. We have also contacted eye care
professionals to alert them of the recall.
We are asking consumers who currently have product matching the
affected lots of Murocel® Methylcellulose Lubricant Ophthalmic Solution,
USP 1% to return the product to Bausch + Lomb. Even if consumers are
comfortable using the solution, we urge them to return the product.
Consumers who have this product in their home should call our
customer service center for instructions on returning and reimbursement:
1-800-553-5340. Bausch + Lomb’s customer service line is open to
consumers 9am-5pm EST Monday through Friday.
AFFECTED PRODUCT DETAILS:
Lot Numbers and Expiration Dates:
LOT: 467061 EXP: 09-30-2011
LOT: 487551 EXP: 11-30-2011
LOT: 548051 EXP: 05-31-2012
LOT: 132171 EXP: 08-31-2012
LOT: 136571 EXP: 11-30-2012
LOT: 140181 EXP: 01-31-2013
UPC Code: 3 24208 28015 7
Case Code: (01)50324208280154(30)00144
Packaging and Dosage:
The product is packaged in a single, sterile 15ml bottle for use by
consumers. It is dosed as one to two drops in the affected eye(s) as
needed or directed by your doctor.
About Bausch + Lomb
Bausch + Lomb is one of the best-known and most respected healthcare
companies in the world. Its core businesses include contact lenses and
lens care products, ophthalmic surgical devices and instruments, and
ophthalmic pharmaceuticals. Founded in 1853, the company is
headquartered in Rochester, N.Y., and employs more than 10,000 people
worldwide. Its products are available in more than 100 countries. More
information is available at www.bausch.com.
Murocel® is a trademark of Bausch & Lomb Incorporated.