The College of Optometrists

Principles of the use and supply of drugs or medicines

You must always act in accordance with the current legislation controlling the use and supply of drugs in optometric practice148, 149 (refer to COVID-19 guidance).
You must only supply drugs when it is appropriate to do so.  
You must maintain appropriate knowledge and skills when administering?  drugs in your practice. Information on this can be found in the Optometrists’ Formulary.150 Your knowledge should include:  
  1. actions
  2. interactions
  3. cautions
  4. contraindications
  5. side effects.
You should take particular care when administering or supplying drugs to at-risk groups such as very young or very old patients, those with renal or hepatic impairment or patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding.


148 Human Medicines Regulations 2012 SI 1916. 
149 MHRA. Medical devices regulation and safety: detailed information [Accessed 19 Nov 2020]
150 The College of Optometrists Optometrists’ Formulary [Accessed 19 Nov 2020]

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