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Poly(vinyl alcohol)


Ph. Eur.

CAS registry number (Chemical Abstracts Service)


Chemical Formula


Therapeutic Categories

Ophthalmic agent

Pharmaceutic aid

Chemical Names

Ethenol, homopolymer (USP)

Vinyl alcohol polymer (USP)

Foreign Names

  • Poly(alcohol vinylicus) (Latin)
  • Poly(vinylalkohol) (German)
  • Poly(alcool vinylique) (French)
  • Alcohol polivin√≠lico (Spanish)

Generic Names

  • PVA (IS)
  • PVAL (IS)
  • UNII-532B59J990 (IS)
  • Poly(alcohol vinylicus) (PH: Ph. Eur. 7)
  • Poly(alcool vinylique) (PH: Ph. Eur. 7)
  • Poly(vinyl alcohol) (PH: Ph. Eur. 7)
  • Poly(Vinyl Alcohol) (PH: BP 2012)
  • Poly(vinylalkohol) (PH: Ph. Eur. 7)
  • Polyvinyl Alcohol (PH: USP 35)

Brand Names

  • Dispatenol (Poly(vinyl alcohol) and Dexpanthenol)
    OmniVision, Germany
  • Lacrimal
    Polfa Warszawa, Poland
  • Lacrimal OK (Poly(vinyl alcohol) and Povidone)
    Allergan, Germany
  • Liquifilm
    Allergan, Germany
  • Liquifilm OK (Poly(vinyl alcohol) and Povidone)
    Allergan, Germany
  • Liquitears
    Allergan, Switzerland
  • Siccaprotect (Poly(vinyl alcohol) and Dexpanthenol)
    Ursapharm, Switzerland; Ursapharm, Germany
  • Vistil
    Santen, Germany


ISInofficial Synonym
PHPharmacopoeia Name
Ph. Eur.European Pharmacopoeia
USPPharmacopoeia of the United States

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