In different countries, different names are used to describe the same medicinal ingredient. Over the years, some medicine ingredient names in Australia became out of date. This can be confusing for Australian consumers and healthcare professionals who travel internationally, as well as people like doctors who have trained overseas or people trying to access medicine information online.
We have updated some medicine ingredient names used in Australia to align with names used internationally. This has been done by some other countries over the years, including the United Kingdom in 2003 and New Zealand in 2008.
Not all medicine ingredient names were changed. A list of the old and updated medicine ingredient names is available at: List of affected ingredients.
The Department of Health and Aged Care acknowledges First Nations peoples as the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia, and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to all Elders both past and present.