TGA International Harmonisation of Ingredient Names

 

Why have some names changed?

The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) maintains a terminology for ingredients used in medicines. Over time, some of the ingredient names used in Australia have become inconsistent with internationally accepted terminology. This can be confusing for Australian consumers who travel internationally and healthcare professionals who were trained overseas.

 

 

What has happened/will be happening?

A range of changes will be required over a four year transition period. Some will be relatively minor spelling updates to both excipient and active ingredient names. Other name changes will have a more significant impact including:

 

o       Dual labelling requirements for affected medicinal products.

o       Updating of Consumer Medicine Information (CMI), Product Information (PI), and Product Summary (PS) documents.

o       Re-submission of relevant documents and labels for TGA approval.

 

 

When will this change occur within MedicalDirector Clinical?

MedicalDirector has made relevant changes to its Drug and Allergy listings to assist its users in identifying affected medicinal products.  These changes will be included with the February 2017 MDref update.

 

 

What is changing within MedicalDirector Clinical?

Once the MDref update is applied, the following will occur within MedicalDirector Clinical:

o       Patient Allergies/ADRs will now reference the new terminology.

o       Prescription prompts/alerts will now reference the new terminology.

o       The Prescribing or Medication lookup routines will now reference the new terminology.

 

Examples:

o       Patients who had an Allergy/ADR for “Amoxycillin” prior to the Feb2017 MDref update, will now display “Amoxicillin” once the update has been applied.

o       When prescribing “Frusemide Tablet”, the medication will be listed as either of the following.  Please note the prescription will reference the newer terminology of “Furosemide Tablet”.

         Frusemide (see Furosemide)

         Furosemide Tablet

 

 

Why is there some inconsistency between the names I see in search/browse results and those displayed within MedicalDirector Clinical?

The TGA has provided pharmaceutical manufacturers with a transition period of up to four years to amend all relevant packaging, labels, and documentation. Relevant updates to MedicalDirector Clinical will only be applied once they have been made by the associated manufacturer first.

MedicalDirector will always represent the content of manufacturer authored documents as supplied.

 

 

Further Reading

For further information regarding this change, please see the following links;

o       https://www.tga.gov.au/updating-medicine-ingredient-names

o       https://www.tga.gov.au/updating-medicine-ingredient-names-list-affected-ingredients

 

 

Former Ingredient Name

New Ingredient Name

Amethocaine

Tetracaine

Aminacrine

Aminoacridine

Amoxycillin

Amoxicillin

Bacillus calmette-guerin

Mycobacterium bovis (BCG strain)

Beclomethasone

Beclometasone

Benzhexol

Trihexyphenidyl

Benztropine

Benzatropine

Cephalexin

Cefalexin

Cephalothin

Cefalotin

Cephazolin

Cefazolin

Chlorbutol

Chlorobutanol

Chlorpheniramine

Chlorphenamine

Chlorthalidone

Chlortalidone

Cholecalciferol

Colecalciferol

Cholestyramine

Colestyramine

Clomiphene

Clomifene

Colaspase

Asparaginase

Cyclosporin

Ciclosporin

Cysteamine

Mercaptamine

Dexamphetamine

Dexamfetamine

Dothiepin

Dosulepin

Eformoterol

Formoterol

Ethacrynic Acid

Etacrynic Acid

Ethinyloestradiol

Ethinylestradiol

Flumethasone

Flumetasone

Flupenthixol

Flupentixol

Frusemide

Furosemide

Glutaraldehyde

Glutaral

Glycol Salicylate

Hydroxyethyl Salicylate

Guaiphenesin

Guaifenesin

Heparinoid

Heparinoids

Hexachlorophane

Hexachlorophene

Hexamine

Methenamine

Hydroxyquinoline

Oxyquinoline

Hydroxyurea

Hydroxycarbamide

Indomethacin

Indometacin

Laureth-9

Lauromacrogol 400

Lignocaine

Lidocaine

Oestradiol

Estradiol

Oestriol

Estriol

Oestrogens - Conjugated

Conjugated Estrogens

Oxpentifylline

Pentoxifylline

Pericyazine

Periciazine

Phenobarbitone

Phenobarbital

Procaine Penicillin

Procaine Benzylpenicillin

Rutin

Rutoside

Salcatonin

Calcitonin Salmon

Tetracosactrin

Tetracosactide

Tetrahydrozoline

Tetryzoline

Thioguanine

Tioguanine

Thyroxine

Levothyroxine

Triethanolamine Lauryl Sulfate

Trolamine Lauril Sulfate

Triethanolamine Salicylate

Trolamine Salicylate

Trimeprazine

Alimemazine