Standardised strengths of liquid medicines for children

Using Standardised Strengths of Liquid Medicines in Children

Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to announce the publication of the now 9th version of our Liquid Concentration Position Statement, with now 13 recommended strength.

This work is very important to us as by standardising the prescribed concentration of these medicines, we will reduce the risk of errors being made in the doses given to children and prevent hospitalisation from accidental under and overdoses. NPPG and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) strongly recommend that when children require liquid medications, they should receive the RCPCH and NPPG recommended concentration, where one exists.

For this edition Sertraline has been removed, Lisinopril and Calcium Carbonate added and statements around base versus salt have also been included. More information on the reasons for this in the statement.

I trust you will find this useful and support this by implementing these recommendations locally.

Nanna Christiansen
Neonatal and Paediatric Pharmacy Group Chair

Position statement