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New medicines leaflets

4 March 2013

We have recently published some new leaflets:

  • ferrous sulfate for iron deficiency anaemia
  • loperamide for diarrhoea
  • mebendazole for worm infections
  • nifedipine for increased blood pressure

We have made a small update to our leaflet on melatonin for sleep disorders.

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Reporting side-effects

13 February 2013

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and pharmacy organisations are encouraging the public to let them know about any side-effects from medicines. The Yellow Card Scheme allows you to report these. 

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For healthcare professionals and stakeholders

8 February 2013

Two flyers introducing Medicines for Children to parents and carers and to healthcare professionals are available to download from the Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health website.

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A look back to 2012

24 December 2012

We thought we’d share some key highlights of the last year for Medicines for Children.

• In December 2011 we launch our updated website – tested by parents and with a brand new logo, it hosts our expanding range of medicines leaflets plus new information and short films about how to give medicines for children, family stories and news items.

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New medicines leaflets

21 December 2012

Our newest leaflets are:

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Vitamin D campaign

18 December 2012

Vitamin D is an essential nutrient that helps build healthy, strong bones.

But children’s doctors are warning that a quarter of children are affected by a vitamin D deficiency.

Research suggests that low levels of vitamin D is resulting in in higher numbers of diabetes, tuberculosis, multiple sclerosis and rickets -  a bone disease uncommon in the UK since the 19th century.

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New leaflets on medicines for children

23 November 2012

This month we have published several new leaflets about medicines that are prescribed to children.

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How are medicines named?

21 November 2012

The names of medicines can be difficult to pronounce or spell. There is a process for agreeing the generic name - called the international non-proprietary name - of a new medicine.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is responsible for international non-proprietary names of new medicines. The pharmaceutical company suggests up to six names for its new medicine.

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Being aware of antibiotics

16 November 2012

Sunday 16 November is European Antibiotics Awareness Day. This event
aims to raise awareness on how to use antibiotics in a responsible way that will
help keep them effective for the future. 

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Calling all dads

8 November 2012

This week is Ask Your Pharmacist Week where men – including dads – are being encouraged to take a more active interest in medicines and wellbeing.

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