Scientific advice and evidence in emergencies - Science and Technology Committee Contents

Supplementary memorandum submitted by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (SAGE 20a)

  Our additional comments relate to the first case study: Swine Flu pandemic in 2009.

  The Joint Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health/Neonatal and Paediatric Pharmacists Group Committee on Medicines was pleased to be involved with the Distribution Vouchers, which were designed to ensure children received the right dose during the pandemic. While being integral to the whole review process to these vouchers, it was right that committee members should lead on the construction of dose banding charts for the liquids in circulation. When dose banding some children will always receive a dose very slightly different to the ideal mg/kg dose that is being used and it is essential that pharmacists and clinicians combine their skills and judgement to ensure that these variations are as small as possible and clinically appropriate.

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

4 October 2010

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