Chloramphenicol for bacterial conjunctivitis will be the first antibiotic sold OTC

“It said the antibiotic, used to treat bacterial conjunctivitis, could be safely sold to the public.

However doctors fear widespread use of antibiotics could increase resistance.”

Can this be the first step down a slippery slope?

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  • Anonymous

    I would have mistaken my first case of anterior uveitis for conjunctivitis.
    Delay in dx of a “red eye” could be serious for some.

  • Ophtho

    Yeah, this is a bad idea. Most of the red eyes are going to be viral or allergic conjunctivitis anyway, which obviously don’t need antibiotics. Also, the last thing I want my patients doing is self-medicating their uveitis or angle-closure glaucoma for a few days before coming in.

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