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How are medicines named?

21 November 2012

The names of medicines can be difficult to pronounce or spell. There is a process for agreeing the generic name - called the international non-proprietary name - of a new medicine.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is responsible for international non-proprietary names of new medicines. The pharmaceutical company suggests up to six names for its new medicine.

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Being aware of antibiotics

16 November 2012

Sunday 16 November is European Antibiotics Awareness Day. This event
aims to raise awareness on how to use antibiotics in a responsible way that will
help keep them effective for the future. 

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Calling all dads

8 November 2012

This week is Ask Your Pharmacist Week where men – including dads – are being encouraged to take a more active interest in medicines and wellbeing.

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Parents advised not to use unlicensed children's herbal medicine

9 August 2012

A herbal medicine sold by Holland and Barrett for children and young people is being taken off shelves. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has asked Holland and Barrett to stop selling the product because there are concerns that it may not be suitable for use in children and adolescents and may cause unwanted side effects.

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New medicines leaflets

29 May 2012

We have published new leaflets on a range of medicines. Follow the links to read or download the leaflets.

Nephrotic syndrome

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Medicines for Children used by NHS 24 in Scotland

16 May 2012

The Medicines for Children website has passed the quality assurance process by NHS 24. This telephone service and website provides comprehensive up-to-date health information and self care advice for people in Scotland.

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When can you start giving your child tablets and capsules?

14 May 2012

Tablets and capsules are less messy than liquids, easier to carry and often last longer.

Children as young as 4 years old may have the ability to swallow small tablets and capsules as long as appropriate doses (amounts) are available for them.