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How far we have come!
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!)
This book was entitled ‘Medicines for Children’ and at the time was touted to be the largest and most detailed document ever produced by the RCPCH. This book was an essential new resource for doctors and pharmacists as it contained specific guidance on dosages of paediatric medicines and their clinical uses, which was not widely available at that time. The main goal of this book was to enable safer prescribing of paediatric medicines, as often licensed indications do not cover the clinical needs of children.
Fast forward ten years and Medicines for Children had moved online, with the website launching in 2009. By this time Medicines for Children had developed into an information resource specifically for parents and carers, with the guidance for medical professionals being covered within the new paediatric medicines’ ‘bible’, the British National Formulary for Children, first published in 2005.
Twenty years later, Medicines for Children is established as a vital and trusted information resource for parents and families. The website provides over 220 medicines information leaflets, general guidance sheets and parent support videos, and has worked with hundreds of the best paediatricians and pharmacists in developing this information.
In the last 12 months alone, the medicines leaflets have been downloaded over 4.2 million times worldwide, making www.medicinesforchildren.org.uk one of the most visited information resources in the UK.