All medicines are made up of active ingredients that make the medicine work, and inactive ingredients that help to form the medicine.
Sometimes, one or more ingredients in a medicine can have different names depending on the country where the medicine is sold. In addition, some active ingredient names used in Australia are no longer current and different from international names.
So to avoid confusion, the Therapeutics Goods Administration is updating some medicine ingredient names used in Australia so they are the same as names used internationally. You may not notice all the changes immediately, as manufacturers and suppliers of medicines have been given until the end of April 2020 to include the new active ingredient names on their labels.3
The updates will depend on the medicine. For some it is a single letter change in the spelling. For other medicines, the active ingredient name will change a lot and may not look anything like the old name.
Remember – changes to the label do not mean your medicine has changed. The changes are to make sure you have all the information you need to make the right decisions about taking medicines for your health. Always check to see you have the correct medicine name and active ingredient before buying your medicine.
A full list of the affected medicines is provided on the TGA website. Some examples of medicines where the name is scheduled to change are shown in the table:4
|Old medicine name||New medicine name|