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Published on 6 November 2007

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Pharmacists urged to help children

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The Government has unveiled a new drive to get children to ask their pharmacists questions about the medications they are given.

The campaign aims to help youngsters use medicines safely by asking what they do, what they are called, and why they should take it.

Health professionals are also being urged to visit schools and give lessons on drugs as part of Ask About Medicines Week.

Studies have shown that up to 42% of young people do not follow the correct advice when using medicines, despite a fifth of schoolchildren being on medication in any one week.

Dr Sheila Shribman, national clinical director for children at the
Department of Health, said: “I want to encourage health professionals – whether nurses, pharmacists or doctors – to talk directly to children and young people, using terminology they can understand, and ask them what they want to know about their medicines and give them information and advice.

“Involving the medicine user, not just the parent or carer, is a very important part of achieving the right decision about prescribing or other treatment options.

“The Asking About Medicines As We Grow Up lesson pack is an invaluable tool for all professionals involved in caring for children.”

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