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7/6/2011, Wednesday

Voluntary Recall of Single Lot of Murocel Methylcellulose Lubricant Ophthalmic Solution USP, 1% Sterile

MADISON, NJ—Bausch + Lomb is conducting a voluntary recall of a single lot of Murocel® Methylcellulose Lubricant Ophthalmic Solution, USP 1%, only available within the United States.  (Expiry date: 1-31-2012)

Bausch + Lomb chose to initiate this recall based on routine stability testing which showed the single lot was out of specification for preservative efficacy. There have been no adverse events reported which have been attributed to the single product lot being out-of-specification for preservative efficacy. Bausch + Lomb is recalling the single lot of product in the interest of patient safety. Potential adverse events may include: eye pain, change in vision, redness or irritation of the eye or ocular infection.

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.

This voluntary, single lot recall is limited only to the United States; it does not affect locations in Europe, the Middle East or Asia-Pacific regions. 

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 to us. We have also contacted eye care professionals to alert them of the recall.

We are asking consumers who currently have product matching the affected single lot 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.


Lot Number:  507521

UPC Code:  3 24208 28015 7

Expiration Date:  1-31-2012

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

Murocel is a trademark of Bausch & Lomb Incorporated.

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