Colgate® Duraphat® Varnish for professional application, is currently the only medically licensed (Prescription Only Medicine, POM) varnish clinically proven for the prevention of caries. For more information on licensed medicinal products and implications for your patients please visit: www.gov.uk/drug-safety-update/off-label-or-unlicensed-use-of-medicines-prescribers-responsibilities#prescribing-in-a-patients-best-interests
The ‘Delivering better oral health’ guidance document3 states: Clinicians should be aware that there are many fluoride varnishes on the market. They may not be licensed for caries control, although they may have similar formulations, and this should be taken into consideration with respect to prescriber’s responsibilities.
1Marinho VCC, et.al. Fluoride varnishes for preventing dental caries in children and adolescents. Cochrane Database of Systematic reviews 2013, Issue 7. Art No. CD002279.
2 Clark RE, et al (1992) J Clin Res; 71 (Spec Issue): 628
3 Delivering better oral health – An evidence-based toolkit for prevention, third edition, Public Health England, June 2014.