Acute Bacterial Conjunctivitis Tier 1 Service

Service News Updates:

UPDATE July 2021

Please note the eye service was discontinued on 22.3.2021.  However, there are plans to reinstate the service once the product licensing of chloramphenicol is finalised.  The service may return with just eye ointment, or with eye ointment and drops depending on outcome of latest changes.  New PGD(s) to follow. An announcement will be made by NHSE&I via NHS mail and also PharmOutcomes when the service can resume.

Cessation of Antibacterial Conjunctivitis Service 22nd March 2021

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.

The service for the treatment of Antibacterial Conjunctivitis in children under 2 years has been suspended; the module within PharmOutcomes has been disabled so no further entries can be made

Although chloramphenicol eye ointment is not contra-indicated for use in children under 2 years, this has yet to be added to the Extended Care Tier 1 service, which therefore continues to be suspended until further notice.

Other stakeholders such as GP practices, CCGs and NHS111 are being notified of the cessation of the service today.

NHSE&I Midlands Region