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Update on ophthalmic medicine shortages January 2024

The pharmacy team has been receiving a high volume of calls recently from patients, stating that they cannot obtain various medications due to manufacturing problems and stock issues.

Please be aware that at present there are very limited/no UK supplies of Azyter® 15 mg/g, eye drops, solution in single-dose container, Diamox SR® 250mg Prolonged-release Capsules, and ocular lubricating eye ointments – please see details below of the alternatives used at Moorfields:

Product out of stock

Due back date

Temporary alternatives (considered by Moorfields)

Azyter® 15 mg/g, eye drops, solution in single-dose container

February 2024

Use another antimicrobial eye drops with a spectrum which covers the suspected bacteria

Diamox SR® 250mg Prolonged-release Capsules

26 February 2024

All Moorfields glaucoma patients to be transferred to acetazolamide tablets 250mg at a dose of 125mg (half a tablet) THREE times a day as suggested by the Glaucoma Service

Ocular lubricating eye ointments Hylo Night, Hycosan Night


Mid-February 2024

Other lubricating eye ointments such as Xailin Night, HydraMed Night, Lacri-Lube etc.



Other information for GPs

Last updated: 28th February 2024