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Looking after children with complex needs during Covid-19 lockdown

12 February 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a difficult time for the thousands of parents and families across the UK who look after children with complex health needs. Many doctors have not been able to see their patients regularly during lockdown and are keen to know how they can better help and support family carers.

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Updated guidance for healthcare professionals on prescribing valproate

14 December 2020

Updated guidance on valproate use has been produced by the Royal College of General Practitioners, Association of British Neurologists and Royal College of Physicians, and endorsed by RCPCH among other professional bodies. 

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Useful resources to help you during the COVID-19 pandemic

5 May 2020

The COVID-19 outbreak is a challenging time for parents and carers who want to make sure they are looking after their children's physical and mental health. Our partner organisations have developed useful information that you can be confident is reliable and accurate. 

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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).

(See below for the full write up and photos from the launch of this book on 1st July 1999!)

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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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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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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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