Chloramphenicol eye drops update to use in children under 2 years old

It has been brought to our attention that the SPC for Chloramphenicol eye drops has been updated and now includes a contra-indication for use in children under 2 years.





The SPC states the following:

Paediatric population

This medicinal product must not be given to a child less than 2 years old as it contains boron and may impair fertility in the future.

Please note the following correction to our previous statement referring to the eye ointment: Chloramphenicol eye ointment is NOT contra-indicated for use in children under 2 years.

As a result of this change, NHS England and NHS Improvement –  Midlands Region have now removed the service for the treatment of Antibacterial Conjunctivitis in children under 2 years with immediate effect. The module within PharmOutcomes has also been disabled so no further entries can be made.

We are aware the consultations may have been undertaken recently that have not yet been uploaded onto the system, so they will send separate comms to provide information on how these are to be dealt with.

Other stakeholders such as GP practices, CCGs and NHS111 have also been notified of the cessation of the service.