Midwives may independently prescribe, order and administer this drug.
Macrolide type antibiotic ointment interferes with microbial protein synthesis.
Indications and Clinical Use:
Prevention of ophthalmia neonatorum due to Neisseria gonorrheae or Chlamydia trachomatis or other bacteria.
Hypersensitivity to erythromycin or any component.
Hypersensitivity, minor ocular irritation and redness.
Dosage and Administration:
Ointment, ophthalmic: 0.5% (1 g, 3.5 g)
Instill 1 application of 1 cm ribbon into each conjunctival sac within an hour of birth.
Wipe each eyelid gently with sterile cotton; instill 1 cm ribbon of ointment in each lower conjunctival sac; massage eyelids gently to spread the ointment; after 1 minute, excess ointment can be wiped away with sterile gauze. Avoid contact of applicator tip with skin or eye.