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Recall of ranitidine

16 October 2019

A medicine called ranitidine, which is used to treat conditions such as acid reflux in children, has been recalled by some manufacturers because of concerns that it may contain low levels of an impurity called NDMA. This is a voluntary precautionary measure whilst the MHRA – the organization responsible for the safety of medicines in the UK – assesses the situation.

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How far we have come!

4 July 2019

July 1999

Twenty years ago, a ground-breaking new book was published by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) and the Neonatal Paediatric Pharmacists Group (NPPG).

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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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