Treatment of acute neonatal bacterial conjunctivitis: a comparison of fucidic acid to chloramphenicol eye drops

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Purpose: To compare the clinical and bacteriological effects of fucidic acid (Fucithalmic(R): 1.0%) and chloramphenicol (Minims(R): 0.5%) eye drops in neonates with a clinical diagnosis of acute conjunctivitis of suspected bacterial origin. Methods: A total of 456 newborns with gestational age > 32 weeks with acute conjunctivitis of suspected bacterial origin acquired within the first 28 days of life were included in the study. They were randomly assigned to a 7-day treatment with eye drops using either fucidic acid (1.0%) (Fucithalmic(R)) applied or chloramphenicol (0.5%) (Minims(R) Chloramphenicol) applied twice per day six times per day. The subjects were followed up with two visits (on days 1 and 8) and by telephone 2 weeks after the end of treatment. Results: Eighty-nine per cent of the neonates treated with Fucithalmic(R) were cured, compared to 87.9% of those treated with Minims(R) Chloramphenicol (n.s). The drug was used as instructed in 90.7% of patients treated with Fucithalmic(R) and in 78.0% of those treated with Minims(R) Chloramphenicol (P < 0.001). Conclusion: Treating neonatal conjunctivitis with fucidic acid is easier than with chloramphenicol and is equally effective.


  • EK Normann
  • O Bakken
  • J Peltola
  • Bengt Andréasson
  • S Buhl
  • P Sigg
  • K Nielsen
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  • Ophthalmology


  • fucidic acid, conjunctivitis, neonatal, chloramphenicol
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-187
JournalActa Ophthalmologica Scandinavica
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Publication categoryResearch