Criteria for Preservative Free (PF) and Single Dose Unit (SDU) presentations:
These are restricted to patients with • true preservative allergy and/or • evidence of epithelial toxicity from preservatives and/or • severe dry eyes and/or • require/ may require surgery in the near future and/or • neonates
Antioxidants and Multivitamins for Age Related Macular Degeneration
Administration of drugs to the eye
Control of microbial contamination
Anti-infective eye preparations
Amber £££ 2nd line
Use SDU if using 1or 2 hourly or if significant OSD/toxicity.
Not for new patients, existing patients to remain on treatment.
Timolol 0.5% single dose units
Timolol LA 0.5% Eye Drops
Not for new patients
Existing patients to remain on treatment
Timolol Once-daily (Nyogel®)
Tissue Adhesive (Histacryl®)
Total Care Daily Cleaner
Total Care Disinfecting and Wetting Solution
Travoprost with Timolol (DuoTrav®)
Section Title (top level)
Section Title (sub level)
First Choice item
Non Formulary section
Display tracking information
Link to adult BNF
Link to children's BNF
Link to SPCs
High Cost Medicine
Cancer Drugs Fund
Traffic Light Status Information
Prescribing in children
The APC notes that the informed use of unlicensed medicines or of licensed medicines for unlicensed applications (‘off-label’ use) is often necessary in paediatric practice.
The APC advises GPs to consider specialist prescribing recommendations for Green and Amber medicines that are not subject to ESCAs or RICaDs in combination with the information provided in the BNFC which goes beyond that of marketing authorisations. The BNFC has been designed for rapid reference and the information presented has been carefully selected to aid decisions on prescribing.
Medicines suitable for routine use within primary care. Initiation and maintenance of prescribing by Specialists, GPs and other qualified clinicians.
Amber Specialist Initiation: Initiation and maintenance of prescribing by Specialists and transfer to Primary Care prescribing when appropriate. This may be supported by a RICaD, annotated within the formulary entry.
Amber Specialist Recommendation: Initiation and maintenance of prescribing in Primary Care following recommendation from a Specialist.
Amber Shared Care: Initiation and maintenance of prescribing by Specialists and transfer to Primary Care prescribing, in accordance with an ESCA, annotated within the formulary entry.
Medicines for initiation and maintenance prescribing by Specialists only.
Non-formulary Medicines which APC/Trust DTC has actively reviewed and do not recommend for use.
Positive NICE TA and/or awaiting local clarification on place in therapy; Please contact your Medicines Optimisation team for more information.
The term 'Specialist' refers to Consultants, General Practitioners and Independant Prescribers with a Specialist Interest.