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11.03.03  Expand sub section  Antivirals
Ganciclovir 0.15% ophthalmic gel (Virgan)
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  • This is licensed for the treatment of acute herpetic keratitis (dendritic and geographic ulcers) in adults and suitable for prescribing in primary care.



  • It is recommended nationally that treatment should be with this UK licensed product, including off-label use in children (Specialist Initiation).



  • To replace Aciclovir 3% eye ointment which has been discontinued in June 2019. 

 
   
Aciclovir eye ointment 3% (Zovirax)
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Green

 



  • RPH - Specialist advice.



  • Formulary at all other trusts.



  • June 2019: Discontinuation of Aciclovir 3% eye ointment - GSK the sole supplier of aciclovir eye ointment plans to discontinue it from the worldwide market in 2018. Stock is anticipated to continue to be avaialble in the UK until the end of June 2019. It is recommended nationally that alternative treatment should be with the UK licensed product, ganciclovir, including off-label use in children (specialist initiation). 

 
   
Voriconazole
(Ophthalmic)
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Restricted Drug Restricted
Red Hospital
  • 0.1 mg in 0.1 ml
  • Intravitreal monograph see link.  
  • Link  CUH: Intravitreal monographs
       
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    OTC

    Available Over the Counter. Consider Self Care   

    Green

    Formulary - Can be prescribed in both secondary and primary care.   

    Advice

    Formulary - Specialist Advice, secondary care advice provided for primary care initiation.  

    Amber No SCG

    Formulary - Specialist initiation without shared care guidance.  

    Amber SCG

    Formulary - Specialist initiation with shared care guidance.  

    Red Hospital

    Restricted - Hospital only, not to be prescribed in primary care.  

    Switch

    Not recommended for prescribing. Switch to alternative cost-effective option.   

    Black

    Not recommended for prescribing in primary or secondary care.  

    Grey

    Not recommended as no formal application made for addition to the formulary. Contact relevant pharmacy team for further information.   

    Non Formulary

    Non-Formulary (category under review).  

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