In the name of harmony

Over 200 active ingredient names set to change as Australia moves to fall in line with international norms

A wide range of active ingredient names are set to be updated later in 2017, the PBS has confirmed.

In its latest news release, the PBS says the TGA has “updated over 200 active ingredient names used in Australia as part of their International Harmonisation of Ingredient Names (IHIN) reform”.

“Around 90 of these changes affect medicines listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). These new names will be incorporated within the PBS during 2017,” the release states.

The bulk of the changes to the Schedule are expected to be incorporated from July 2017.

While some ingredient names are changing, the actual medicine, brand name (in most cases) and the medicine’s effect have not changed, the Department of Health and TGA have explained.

In addition, manufacturers have until 2020 to reflect the updated active ingredient name on medicine packaging, and in supporting documents like CMI.

Some medicines will be dual labelled, with the old name appearing in brackets after the new name until 2023.

The Department of Health and professional groups have combined to develop a counselling tool on the ingredient name changes for pharmacists and other health professionals.

A copy of the counselling tool is available for download here.

A full list of the changes is available on the TGA website.

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