Chloramphenicol (P medicine)

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Chloramphenicol is licensed as a pharmacy (P) medicine and available over the counter (OTC) as chloramphenicol 0.5% w/v eye drops and 1% w/v eye ointment.

Pharmacists should be satisfied that the supply will be clinically suitable, and used responsibly and appropriately in line with its marketing authorisation.

This pharmacy guide covers what to consider before supplying chloramphenicol 0.5% w/v eye drops and 1% w/v eye ointment OTC.

There’s a handy flowchart to help you with decision-making on whether to supply or not. It also provides a summary of the product information. However, it doesn’t cover the full list of contraindications or risk information.

Further details can be found in the products individual Summary of Product Characteristics (SPC).

First Published: 8 September 2016
Updated: 24 May 2022

Sections on this page

  • Chloramphenicol
  • Summary of product information
  • Confidence in consultation skills
  • Decision-making process and flowchart for supply
  • Supply to the person’s representative
  • Counselling
  • Alternative treatment options
  • Practical advice
  • Advice for contact lens wearers
  • Quantity to supply and repeat requests
  • Record keeping
  • Further information

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