Safe in patients with no history of blood dyscrasia

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7002.450a (Published 12 August 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:450
  1. R J K Buckley,
  2. C M Kirkness,
  3. J J Kanski,
  4. A E A Ridgway,
  5. A B Tullo,
  6. P G Watson
  1. Consultant ophthalmologist Moorfields Eye Hospital, London EC1V2PD
  2. Professor of ophthalmology Tennent Institute, University of Glasgow, Western Infirmary, Glasgow G116NT
  3. Consultant ophthalmologist Prince Charles Eye Unit, King Edward VII Hospital, Windsor, Berkshire SL43DP
  4. Consultant ophthalmic surgeon Consultant ophthalmologist Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, Manchester M139WH
  5. Retired consultant ophthalmologist Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge CB22QQ


    EDITOR,--Chloramphenicol, in drop or ointment form, is one of the most reliable ophthalmic preparations in existence. It has a broad spectrum of activity, is well absorbed by the ocular tissues, rarely provokes resistance in micro-organisms or damages the surface of the eye, and is both cheap and widely available. The evidence that, when delivered to the eye, it can cause aplastic anaemia remains unsubstantiated. We are therefore surprised that Marie Doona and J Bernard Walsh conclude, in the absence of new …

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