Clinical News – June ’16
Changes to Medicine Ingredient Names
In different countries, different names are often used to describe the same medicinal ingredient.
Over the years, some medicine ingredient names in Australia have become out of date. This can be confusing for Australian consumers and healthcare professionals who travel internationally, as well as people like doctors who have trained overseas or people trying to access medicine information online.
To remedy this, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) will be updating some medicine ingredient names used in Australia to align with names used internationally, which has been done by a number of other countries over the years, including the United Kingdom in 2003 and New Zealand in 2008.
This will involve a four year transition period that commenced in April 2016 and will end in April 2020. Not all medicine ingredient names are changing, to check for a list of medicines that will change their names CLICK HERE.