Allergan Demonstrates a Strong Commitment to America's First Responders Donating Over $1 Million Worth of REFRESH® Eye Drops




July 7, 2016

/PRNewswire/ -- Allergan plc is pleased to announce that it is leading the effort to alleviate discomfort of dry eye symptoms for America's heroes and has exceeded its goal of donating

$1 million

worth of REFRESH® eye drops to our nation's first responders. Last summer,


kicked off the REFRESH AMERICA campaign aiming to help everyday heroes alleviate their discomfort from dry eye symptoms brought on by exposure to elements like heat, wind, smoke and dust which are inherent to their work. Every purchase of specially-marked packages in the REFRESH OPTIVE®product line since

August 2015

has led to over eighty thousand donations of REFRESH® eye drops to first responder groups nationwide.

"We are thrilled to be donating

$1 million

worth of product to America's first responders, greatly surpassing our original goal of


.," said

Brent Saunders

, CEO and President,


. "I would like to thank all of those who purchased REFRESH OPTIVE® this past year and made this donation possible. I believe that this campaign is indicative of


continued commitment to leadership within the eye wellness community."


partnered with the

U.S. First Responders Association

for this initiative, who helped designate where REFRESH® eye drop donations were most needed.

"We are overjoyed with the support we have received from


for the REFRESH AMERICA campaign," said

Traycee Biancamano

, CEO,

U.S. First Responders Association

. "I know first-hand how taxing it is for your eyes to be in an environment that is severely dry, dusty and windy on a daily basis."



goal was to reach

$1 million

in REFRESH® products, there is no limit to the amount the company will donate during this campaign. Due to the positive receptivity of first responders and the communities in which they serve,


has recently announced that it will extend the REFRESH AMERICA program through the end of 2017 and will continue to help those who put their lives on the line every day.

"First responders continually come to my practice describing common symptoms of dry eye as a result of their working conditions. I recommend REFRESH OPTIVE® Advanced products since they are clinically proven to lubricate for dry eye symptom relief, hydrate the eye surface cells and help protect natural tears from evaporating" said

Marguerite McDonald

, MD, FACS, board-certified ophthalmologist,

Ophthalmic Consultants


Long Island


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