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Polyvinyl Alcohol



CAS registry number (Chemical Abstracts Service)


Chemical Formula


Therapeutic Categories

Pharmaceutic aid

Ophthalmic agent

Chemical Names

Etenol, homopolymer (USP)

Vinyl alcohol polymer (USP)

Foreign Names

  • Alcohol polyvinylicus (Latin)
  • Polyvinylalkohol (German)
  • Alcool polyvinylique (French)
  • Alcohol polivinílico (Spanish)

Generic Names

  • PVA (IS)
  • PVAL (IS)
  • PVOH (IS)
  • UNII-532B59J990 (IS)
  • Poly(alcohol vinylicus) (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Poly(alcool vinylique) (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Poly(vinyl alcohol) (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Poly(vinyl Alcohol) (PH: BP 2016)
  • Poly(vinylalkohol) (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Polyvinyl Alcohol (PH: USP 38)

Brand Names

  • Acuafil Ofteno
    Sophia, Ecuador; Sophia, Mexico; Sophia, Peru
  • Akwa R
    Akorn, Peru
  • Akwa Tears
    Akorn, Peru
  • Alcohol Polivinilico La Santé
    La Santé, Colombia; La Santé, Ecuador
  • Clear Eyes
    Roster, Peru
  • Dispatenol (Polyvinyl Alcohol and Dexpanthenol)
    OmniVision, Germany
  • Humalac A
    Teva, Hungary
  • Humalac C
    Teva, Hungary
  • Hydrotears
    Opharm, Colombia
  • I-Lube (Polyvinyl Alcohol and Povidone)
    FDC, India
  • Lacril
    Allergan, Colombia; Allergan, Denmark; Allergan, Ecuador; Allergan, Peru
  • Lacrimal
    Polfa Warszawa, Poland; Warsaw Pharmaceutical Works, Georgia
  • Lacrimal OK (Polyvinyl Alcohol and Povidone)
    Pharm-Allergan, Germany
  • Lacrisol (Polyvinyl Alcohol and Povidone-Iodine)
    Micro Vision, India
  • Lágrimas isotonicas
    Lansier, Peru
  • Liquifilm
    Allergan, Ireland; Pharm-Allergan, Germany
  • Liquifilm (Polyvinyl Alcohol and Povidone)
    Pharm-Allergan, Germany
  • Liquifilm Forte
    Allergan, New Zealand
  • Liquifilm Lagrimas
    Allergan, Spain
  • Liquifilm Tears
    Allergan, United Kingdom; Allergan, Hong Kong; Allergan, New Zealand; Allergan Israel, Israel
  • Liquifilm Tears 1.4%
    Allergan, Egypt
  • Liquifresh (Polyvinyl Alcohol and Povidone)
    Allergan, Spain
  • Oftalub
    MK, Colombia
  • Onufrid (Polyvinyl Alcohol and Povidone)
    Rafarm, Greece
  • Optilube (Polyvinyl Alcohol and Povidone)
    Zuventus, India
  • OQ-See (Polyvinyl Alcohol and Retinol)
    Oftalmoquimica, Colombia
  • Preferin (Polyvinyl Alcohol and Phenylephrine)
    Allergan Singapore, Singapore
  • Prefrin 0.12% (Polyvinyl Alcohol and Phenylephrine)
    Allergan, Egypt
  • Refresh
    Allergan, Canada
  • Refresh (Polyvinyl Alcohol and Povidone)
    Allergan, France; Allergan, Greece; Allergan, Ireland; Allergan, New Zealand; Allergan Israel, Israel; Allergan Singapore, Singapore
  • Siccaprotect (Polyvinyl Alcohol and Dexpanthenol)
    Biem, Turkey; Ursapharm, Austria; Ursapharm, Switzerland; Ursapharm, Czech Republic; Ursapharm, Germany
  • SNO Tears
    Bausch & Lomb UK, United Kingdom
  • Tears Plus (Polyvinyl Alcohol and Povidone)
    Allergan, Canada
  • Vistil
    AFT, New Zealand
  • Vistil Forte
    AFT, New Zealand


ISInofficial Synonym
PHPharmacopoeia Name
USANUnited States Adopted Name
USPPharmacopoeia of the United States

Further information on drug naming conventions: International Nonproprietary Names.

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