Development of a Serum Eye drop Programme in Galway University Hospitals (GUH)

Time: 11:40 - 12:10

Date: 25 April 2018

Theatre: Dodder A


GUH is the only hospital in Ireland licensed to produce Serum Eye drops (SE’s).  SE’s are a serum derived product used to treat a range of ocular surface disorders.   Autologous Serum Eye drops (ASE’s) are produced from a patient’s own serum, yielded from a unit of donated whole blood.  Allogeneic serum eye drops (ALSE’s) are produced from a unit of whole blood obtained from the Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS).

Serum contains a large variety of growth factors, vitamins and immunoglobulins.  These substances contribute to the therapeutic effect of SE’s.  SE’s are prepared by diluting the serum with sterile normal saline in a controlled environment, and dispensing the product into 3ml dropper bottles.  The bottles should be kept frozen and one bottle thawed daily for use.

GBTE are very proud to hold the only hospital based Good Manufacturing Practise (GMP) license in Ireland and this programme generates substantial revenue for GUH each year.


  • Aoife Conroy Medical Scientist/Deputy Quality Manager - Galway Blood and Tissue Establishment (GBTE)

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