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Class 2 Drug Alert (Action Within 48 Hours): Minims Proxymetacaine hydrochloride 0.5%w/v - Eye Drops (Bausch & Lomb livery) - Chauvin Pharmaceuticals Limited - EL (12)A/36

Document details:

Type: Drug Alert
Series No: EL (12)A/36
Audience: Healthcare professionals
Published: 10 December 2012
Format: Electronic
Size: A4
Pages: 2
Price: Free
Copyright: Crown

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Action Within 48 Hours


10 December 2012 EL (12)A/36 Our ref: 

MDR 55-11/12

Dear Healthcare Professional,

Chauvin Pharmaceuticals Limited

Minims Proxymetacaine hydrochloride 0.5%w/v

Eye Drops (Bausch & Lomb livery)

PL 00033/0151

Batch Number

Expiry Date

Pack Size

First Distributed


July 2014

1 x 20

8 October 2012

Bausch & Lomb is recalling the above batch because black particles have been identified in some packs. Initial investigations suggest that the contaminant is printing ink, in which case we understand that the risk of toxicity is low.  No other batches of this or any other product are affected.

Healthcare Professionals are asked to quarantine remaining stock and contact the wholesaler from which it was obtained to arrange uplift and replacement. For stock enquiries please contact Bausch & Lomb Customer Service Team on 0208 7812991.

For medical information enquiries, please contact ‘Professional Information’ on 01748 828864.

Recipients of this Drug Alert should bring it to the attention of relevant contacts by copy of this letter. Primary care trusts are asked to forward this to general practitioners, community pharmacists, optometrists and relevant clinics.

Yours faithfully

Alison Bunce
Pharmaceutical Assessor, DMRC

MHRA Distribution (further recipients by cascade): Regional contacts for NHS Trusts and provider units
Chief pharmacists: England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland
Prison health policy unit (DH)
Chief pharmacists:  Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark, Isle of Man, Gibraltar
Special Hospitals
Healthcare commission for distribution to independent health care establishments
Primary care trusts (England)
Page last modified: 10 December 2012