Safety Alerts & Recalls

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If you have been prescribed Zovirax (aciclovir) Eye Ointment 4.5g check whether the batch number on the packaging or the tube corresponds to either of the affected batch numbers. If it does then you should contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice. Zovirax Eye Ointment is used to treat herpes simplex keratitis, which is a sight-threatening condition, and you should not stop treatment unless told to do so by your doctor. No further stock of Zovirax Eye Ointment is currently available so a specialist doctor would need to prescribe an alternative if treatment with Zovirax is stopped, or for newly diagnosed cases. If you have any questions about the contents of this alert or with regards to your Zovirax Eye Ointment you should discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.

Glaxo SmithKline Recalls Zovirax Eye Ointment Over Impurities

As a precaution, GlaxoSmithKline is recalling Zovirax (aciclovir) Eye Ointment 4.5 grams. This is because batches of one ingredient were found to contain metal particles that were outside the upper specification limit for particle size. The affected batch numbers are 3L942 and 3M941. No complaints or adverse reaction reports relating to this issue have been received by the company. There are no alternative packs of this product currently available and shortages are being reported. UK Medical Information has provided advice for prescribers about alternatives.

Zovirax Eye Ointment, which contains the medicine aciclovir, is used to treat a viral infection of the eye called herpes simplex keratitis. This recall does not affect other aciclovir containing products.

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Source: MHRA
Publication Date: 2014-11-12
Last Updated: 2014-11-12

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