Acute Bacterial Conjunctivitis Tier 1 Service

Service News Updates:

URGENT – 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.

Chloramphenicol eye ointment is also now contra-indicated for use in children under 2 years.

As a result, we are having to remove the service for the treatment of Antibacterial Conjunctivitis in children under 2 years with immediate effect. The module within PharmOutcomes has been disabled so no further entries can be made.


We are aware the consultations may have been undertaken within the last 48 hours that have not yet been uploaded onto the system, so we will send separate comms to provide information on how these are to be dealt with.

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

This information is now hosted on South Staffs LPC website, it applies to pharmacies in the whole Midlands NHSE&I Region – follow this link