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Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust
Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
 Formulary Chapter 11: Eye - Full Chapter

Ophthalmology-related Prescribing Guidance

Please see our Prescribing Guidelines page for all prescribing guidance relating to this chapter.

There are no shared care agreements (SCAs) relating to this chapter.

Self-care: Many of the products in this chapter are available for purchase over-the-counter, and patients are encouraged to self-care, with the support of their community pharmacist, in the first instance. For further information on self-care & the NHS, please refer to

11.06  Expand sub section  Treatment of glaucoma
11.06  Expand sub section  Beta-blockers
11.06  Expand sub section  Prostaglandin analogues
11.06  Expand sub section  Sympathomimetics
11.06  Expand sub section  Carbonic anhydrase inhibitors and systemic drugs to top
Brinzolamide 1% with Timolol 0.5%
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Second Choice
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  • Brinzolamide 1% with Timolol 0.5% 
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  • Green BaNES and Salisbury for glaucoma
  • Amber Swindon for glaucoma
  • 250mg tablets and 250mg MR capsules (NB capsules more costly and stock shortages until at least July 2020)
  • Note: at RUH and GWH, acetazolamide is included on the formulary for idiopathic intracranial hypertension as Amber Unlicensed indication
  • Note - Private prescription only for prophylaxis of mountain sickness. Not licensed and NOT for prescribing on NHS. For further information see link below 
Link  SPS: Prevention of Acute Mountain Sickness
Acetazolamide Injection
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  • 500mg injection
(Ophthalmic drops)
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  • 1% eye drops


Brinzolamide 10mg/ml & brimonidine 2mg/ml
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  • ophthalmic drops containing 10 mg/mL of brinzolamide and 2 mg/mL of brimonidine tartrate equivalent to 1.3 mg of brimonidine.

BaNES/Wilts - For use as per Glaucoma guidance 
Swindon - Not on formulary

(Ophthalmic drops)
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  • 2% eye drops
Dorzolomide 2% with Timolol 0.5%
(Ophthalmic solution)
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  • 5ml ophthalmic drops


11.06  Expand sub section  Miotics
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Restricted Drug
Restricted Drug
Unlicensed Drug
Track Changes
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Cytotoxic Drug
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High Cost Medicine
High Cost Medicine
Cancer Drugs Fund
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NHS England
High Cost Drug Approval System

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Status Description

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RED - Hospital only to be prescribed by a specialist and supplied from secondary care ONLY throughout treatment.  

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Amber medicines are considered suitable for GP prescribing following specialist initiation or recommendation.  

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Shared Care - these medicines require specialist initiation and stabilisation. Ongoing division of responsibility for drug and disease monitoring between specialist and GP by a Shared Care Guideline (SCG). If no SCG in place status reverts to red.  

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These medicines are appropriate for initiation in both primary and secondary care. Prescribing is appropriate within licensed or local recommendations.  

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Suitable for patient to be directed to buy themselves  

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Not currently used. We intend to include this TLS in future to highlight where a decision to use this medicine is under review.   

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(In use from Oct 2020) Used where a decision has been made by the BSW APC not to routinely commission this preparation for its licensed indications. Do not prescribe.   

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Not currently used. We intend to include this TLS in future to highlight where this medicine and indication is ONLY available through a Specialist Centre according to a NICE Highly Specialised Technology or NHSE Specialised Commission Circular / Policy.