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This week: Updating Medicine Ingredients Names Part 2
Louise Johnston, Clinical Pharmacist, Ward MM
We are updating some medicine ingredient names used in Australia to align with names used internationally. This has been done by some other countries over the years, including the United Kingdom in 2003 and New Zealand in 2008.
- These changes will prevent confusion for Australian consumers and health care professionals who travel internationally, as well as people like doctors who have trained overseas or people trying to access medicine information online.
- Medicines with labels using the new ingredient names will gradually start to appear on shelves. Medication related software programs will also start to change. We are unable to predict exactly when these changes will occur so education for consumers and health care professionals is important.
- The table below shows some of the more common medication naming changes you may come across in your residents.
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