FDA approves OTC eye drop for allergic conjunctivitis

November 1, 2006

The FDA approved the over-the-counter use of ketotifen fumarate ophthalmic solution 0.025% (Zaditor) for the temporary prevention of itchy eyes due to allergic conjunctivitis. The drops treat eye itch associated with pollen, ragweed, grass, animal hair, and dander without the potentially negative effects of a decongestant.

The FDA approved the over-the-counter use of ketotifen fumarate ophthalmic solution 0.025% (Zaditor, Novartis Ophthalmics) for the temporary prevention of itchy eyes due to allergic conjunctivitis. The drops treat eye itch associated with pollen, ragweed, grass, animal hair, and dander without the potentially negative effects of a decongestant.

According to the manufacturer, one drop provides eye itch relief in minutes and the relief lasts up to 12 hours.

The product will be available over-the-counter in drug and chain stores nationwide at the start of 2007.