Chloramphenicol 0.5%w/v eye drops / 1%w/v ointment P medicine
Quick reference guide
Since reclassification from prescription only medicine status, chloramphenicol eye drops/ointment has been available over the counter from pharmacies as a treatment for acute bacterial conjunctivitis in adults, the elderly and children aged two years or over. Pharmacists need to be satisfied when making a supply of chloramphenicol P medicine that it is in line with its marketing authorisation and is clinically beneficial, given that acute bacterial conjunctivitis can be self-limiting and does not always require antibacterial therapy. Antibiotic resistance is also on the increase and you can help tackle this issue by ensuring that chloramphenicol is used responsibly and appropriately.