Shortage of Zovirax eye ointment 3%

· London and South East Regional Medicines Information Service

In conjunction with the MHRA, GlaxoSmithKline UK is recalling some batches of Zovirax Eye Ointment as a precaution because the batches of active pharmaceutical ingredient used in their manufacture were found to contain metal particles which were outside the upper specification limit for particle size. GSK has confirmed that further supplies of Zovirax Eye Ointment are unlikely to be available for several months and clinicians are going to need to identify alternative treatments for this condition. This document provides an outline of available alternatives.

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