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New safety information for fluoroquinolone antibiotics

26 June 2019

Fluoroquinolones are antibiotics with names ending in “-oxacin”. Ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin, moxifloxacin and ofloxacin are available in the UK. These antibiotics are used to treat serious and life-threatening infections. However, they may affect the muscles, joints, tendons and nerves. These side-effects have led to long-lasting or permanent disability in a very small number of patients. 

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Keeping our leaflets up-to-date

5 June 2019

Medicines for Children leaflets are used by parents all over the world as a source of reliable and up-to-date medicines advice. In line with NHS England’s Information Standard, we aim to review each medicines leaflet every 3 years. With more than 200 leaflets on our website, this is a never-ending task!

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World Immunisation Week 2019

22 April 2019

This week is World Immunisation Week. The campaign, run by the World Health Organisation, aims to promote the core message that immunisation of every child is vital to prevent diseases and protect life. 

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Thank you and a fond farewell to Linda Partridge

18 December 2018

This week the Medicines for Children Project Board is saying a fond farewell – and a big thank you – to long-standing member, Linda Partridge.

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Advice on EpiPen shortage

15 November 2018

You may have heard about problems with supplies of EpiPen Junior® 150 mcg in the UK. EpiPen contains adrenaline (which is also known as epinephrine).

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Medicines for Children shortlisted for a health service award

4 September 2018

The Medicines for Children team is delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for a 2018 Health Service Journal (HSJ) award!

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Travelling with medicines

2 August 2018

When preparing to go on holiday, it is important to think about any medicines your children will need while they are away – particularly if you are travelling outside the UK.

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Comic Relief funding announcement

5 July 2018

The Medicines for Children team is delighted to announce that WellChild, our charity partner, has won funding from Comic Relief's 

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Do I need to treat my child’s fever?

14 June 2018
  • Recent articles in the media and on television have said that it is not always necessary to give your child paracetamol or ibuprofen if they have a fever (raised temperature).
  • Children commonly get fevers, for example when they get a cold or cough, because their body is fighting the infection.
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Medicines for Children user survey - please tell us what you think!

5 June 2018

What do you like about the Medicines for Children website? And most importantly, what would you like us to improve?

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