Health written question – answered on 5th April 2005.

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Photo of Charles Hendry Charles Hendry Shadow Minister (Children, Young People and Families), Deputy Chair, Conservative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the reasons for changing the name of the antibiotic 'methicillin' to 'meticillin'; and whether the collation of statistics on deaths from MRSA includes cases where MRSA is described as 'meticillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus'.

Photo of Miss Melanie Johnson Miss Melanie Johnson Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health

holding answer 4 April 2005

The name of the antibiotic known as methicillin has been changed to meticillin. This is in accordance with the International Pharmacopoeia guidelines. The change in nomenclature does not affect statistics on deaths from meticillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) as data collected by the Office for National Statistics includes references to both meticillin and methicillin.

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