Chloramphenicol ointment update
This article was updated on 22nd April to clarify that not all chloramphenicol ointment products are unsuitable for use under 2 years and on 10th May to state that some are not indicated for use in this age group (rather than being contraindicated, as originally stated).
Chloramphenicol 0.5% eye drops contain boron, in the form of borax and boric acid, which may impair children's future fertility. These products are now contraindicated for use under 2 years.
Chloramphenicol 1% eye ointment does not contain boron but some manufacturers' products are not indicated for use under 2 years.
For information on excipients in eye products, including borax and boric acid, healthcare professionals can consult the quick-reference MIMS table of preservatives and potential sensitisers in ocular preparations.