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Medicines for Children is re-accredited with NHS England's ‘Information Standard’

29 March 2018

The internet is full of information, but how do you know whether it is accurate and reliable?

The Information Standard is a “quality mark” developed by NHS England to help people identify information they can trust. 

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Sodium valproate and pregnancy: Support for parents and carers

25 January 2018

Some anti-epileptic drugs are known to have potentially harmful effects on an unborn baby – particularly the medicine sodium valproate.

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Parents and carers advised to inspect Buccolam oral syringes before use

19 January 2018

This news story is based on an alert issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), asking all healthcare professionals to speak to parents and carers about carefully inspecting Buccolam pre-filled plastic syringes before giving the medicine to their child.

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Over 2 million users in 2017

1 January 2018

In 2017, Medicines for Children registered its highest number of users since the project began back in 2006. From the 1st January to the 31st December 2017, the Medicines for Children website recorded:

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#MedicineSafety day

30 November 2017

30th November 2017, #MedicineSafety day marked the launch of many new information resources and some exciting new features on the Medicines for Children website. It also saw the release of our new series of parent and carer information films.

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Medicines and maintaining healthy teeth

2 November 2017

Medicines for Children has developed a new information leaflet about how to maintain healthy teeth when taking medicines. This leaflet has been produced to coincide with Sugar Awareness Week (30th October to 5th November 2017).

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Fluoxetine medicines information now available in Polish

4 October 2017

We are delighted to publish our first translated medicines information leaflet – about fluoxetine in Polish.

Available here: Fluoksetyna na depresję, zaburzenia obsesyjno-kompulsywne i bulimię nerwową

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First year anniversary of STOMP

14 September 2017

The STOMP – Stopping over medication of people with a learning disability, autism or both – initiative was started by NHS England in 2016 to help make sure that people with learning disabilities or autism are not given psychotropic medicines when these are not appropriate.

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Finishing a course of antibiotics

27 July 2017

A recent article published in the British Medical Journal (27 July 2017) questions the evidence behind the current advice to patients to finish their course of antibiotics. 

Following this article there has been much interest in the press as to whether the current established advice should be changed and if people should stop taking their antiobiotics when they feel better.

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Engaging with families about medicines #RCPCH17

23 May 2017

At this year’s RCPCH annual conference in Birmingham (24th-26th May 2017) parents from the children’s charity WellChild will be leading a workshop about the benefits of working with parents / carers to ensure the best outcomes for young patients.  

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