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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, July 20, 2019 1:00 am

Briefs

Clear Eyes added to recall from facility

News services

The sterility uncertainty at an Altaire Pharmaceuticals facility that spurred the recalls of numerous prescription and over-the-counter ophthalmic ointments swept up several more brands this week, including staple Clear Eyes.

Target joins Walmart, Walgreens and CVS as major chains with store brands recalled.

Though Altaire says in its FDA-posted recall notice that none of the finished products have tested outside the sterility boundaries, it's making the voluntary recall after “management concerns” about quality control of “critical systems” in the facility.

“The FDA has determined these issues indicate a lack of sterility assurance,” Altaire writes. “Administration of a non-sterile product intended to be sterile may result in serious and potentially life threatening infections or death.”

State unemployment dips

Indiana's unemployment rate has declined slightly in June from the previous month.

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development said Friday that the rate was 3.5%, down from 3.6% in May. The state's unemployment rate was below the national rate of 3.7% for June.

Indiana's labor force had a net decrease of more than 10,000 over the previous month, which was a result of about 3,100 less unemployed residents no longer seeking employment and a decrease of about 7,000 in residents employed. The state says Indiana's total labor force is about 3.4 million.

Delta to stock Narcan

Delta Air Lines plans to stock its on-board emergency medical kits with Narcan, which can reverse the effects of opioid overdose, starting this fall.

Spokesman Michael Thomas said the Atlanta airline made the decision earlier this year.

Narcan is a brand name of the medication naloxone. The Association of Flight Attendants has called for the Federal Aviation Administration to require airlines to stock naloxone on all commercial flights and to train flight attendants to administer it.

Motel 6 deal back to judge

A revised settlement for Motel 6 guests who say the national chain invaded their privacy by giving their information to immigration authorities is returning to court Friday for a judge's review.

A federal judge is to decide during an afternoon hearing on the new proposal making $10 million available for awards to claims by members of the class action suit.

A class member could get $75 if they were a registered guest, up to $10,000 if they were placed in deportation proceedings as a result of having their information shared and as much as $200,000 if a person incurred legal fees to defend his or her presence in the United States.

The proposed settlement also expands the class to include guests at Motel 6 between February 2015 and June 2019.

AmEx profits rise 9%

American Express posted a 9% gain in second-quarter profits on Friday, helped by more of its cardmembers carrying a credit card balance and increased spending on its namesake cards.

The New York company said it earned a profit of $1.76 billion, or $2.07 a share. That's up from earnings of $1.62 billion, or $1.84 a share, in the same period a year earlier.

Analysts were looking for AmEx to earn $2.03 a share, according to FactSet.