Using Standardised Strengths of Unlicensed Liquid Medicines in Children

Tim Root, Assistant Head, NHS Specialist Pharmacy Service, Specialist Pharmacy ServicePublished Last updated See all updates

A joint statement from the Neonatal and Paediatric Pharmacists' Group (NPPG) and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH)

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NPPG and RCPCH strongly recommend that when children require unlicensed liquid medications, they should receive the RCPCH- and NPPG- recommended strength, where one exists. There are currently 17 such recommended strengths, 16 of which are published in relevant drug monographs of the BNF for Children. Standardising the prescribed strengths of these medicines, will reduce the risk of errors being made in the doses given to children and prevent hospitalisation from accidental under- and overdoses.

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Change history

  1. Link updated to reflect November 2021 update of NPPG doc
  1. Link updated to reflect the December 2020 update to original document
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