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Prescription Only Medicines (POMs)

Registered optometrists
Provided it is in the course of their professional practice
registered optometrists may sell or supply the following medicinal products to a patient:
  • All medicinal products on a General Sale List (Note: Under medicines  legislation products which are for use as eye drops or eye ointments are excluded from the GSL category.); and
       
  • All P medicines .
Provided it is in the course of their professional practice and in an emergency registered optometrists may sell or supply:         

POMs which are not for parenteral administration and which:
a. are eye drops and contain not more than 0.5 per cent chloramphenicol or
b. are eye ointments and contain not more than 1 per cent chloramphenicol 
c. contain the following substances:
     Cyclopentolate hydrochloride
     Fusidic Acid
     Tropicamide
 
Additional supply optometrists
In addition to being able to access the medicines listed above those optometrists who have undergone additional training and are accredited by the General Optical Council (“additional supply optometrists”) will be able to sell supply or write an order for an extended range of medicines. 
 
Further details can be found on the www.mhra.gov.uk website.

Acular 5ml (POM)
Code: ACU
Generic Ingredient(s): Ketorolac Legal Class: POM Drug Class: NSAIDs How...
Alomide 0.1% 10ml (POM)
Code: ALO10
Generic Ingredient(s): Lodoxamide Legal Class: POM Drug Class: Antihistamines...
Alphagan 5ml (POM)
Code: ALPHA
Generic Ingredient(s): Brimonidine Legal Class: POM Drug Class: Alpha...
Azarga 5ml
Code: AZA
Drug Name: more info AZARGA Legal Class: more info POM Drug Class: Carbonic...
Azopt Eye drops 5ml (POM)
Code: AZO
Generic Ingredient(s): Brinzolamide Legal Class: POM Drug Class: Carbonic...
Azyter
Code: AZY
Generic Ingredient(s): Azithromycin Legal Class: POM Drug Class:...
Betagan 5ml (POM)
Code: BET5
Generic Ingredient(s): Levobunolol Legal Class: POM Drug Class:...
Betnesol Eye Ointment 3g (POM)
Code: BSOL3
Generic Ingredient(s): Betamethasone Legal Class: POM Drug Class:...
Betnesol Eye Ear Nose Drops 10ml (POM)
Code: BSOL10
Generic Ingredient(s): Betamethasone Legal Class: POM Drug Class:...
Betoptic Suspension Single Dse 50 x 0.25ml (POM)
Code: BETSDU
Generic Ingredient(s): Betaxolol Legal Class: POM Drug Class: Beta-blockers...
Betoptic 5ml (POM)
Code: BETOP5
Generic Ingredient(s): Betaxolol Legal Class: POM Drug Class: Beta-blockers...
Betoptic Suspension 5ml (POM)
Code: BETS5
Generic Ingredient(s): Betaxolol Legal Class: POM Drug Class: Beta-blockers...
Chloramphenicol 0.5% Eye Drops 10ml (POM) Refrigerated Storage
Code: CHLR10
Chloramphenicol eye drops 0.5% contain an antibiotic which is used to treat a...
Ciloxan 5ml (POM)
Code: CX5
Generic Ingredient(s): Ciprofloxacin Legal Class: POM Drug Class:...
Clinitas Carbomer Gel 10g
Code: CLNHP
Generic Ingredient(s): Carbomer Legal Class: P Drug Class: Ocular...
Clinitas Eye Drops 30 x 0.5ml
Code: CLNSP
Generic Ingredient(s): Sodium hyaluronate Drug Class: Ocular lubricants...