Chloramphenicol 0.5% w/v Eye Drops and 1% w/v Eye Ointment

Introduction

Chloramphenicol is a potent broad spectrum, bacteriostatic antibiotic that can be used to treat acute bacterial conjunctivitis in adults and children aged 2 years and over. 

It's available over the counter (OTC) as chloramphenicol 0.5% w/v eye drops and 1% w/v ointment. When making a supply pharmacists should be satisfied this is in line with it's marketing authorisation. 

As acute bacterial conjunctivitis can be self-limiting, and may not require antibacterial therapy, pharmacists need to be satisfied that the supply will be clinically beneficial and the product will be used appropriately and responsibly.

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