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Essential medicine status
ATC codes: A11CC01
Indication
Calcium deficiency ICD11 code: 5B5K.1Z
INN
Ergocalciferol
Medicine type
Chemical agent
List type
Core
Formulations
Oral > Liquid: 250 µg per mL (10 000 IU per mL)
Oral > Solid: 1.25 mg (50 000 IU)
EML status history
First added in 1977 (TRS 615)
Changed in 1979 (TRS 641)
Changed in 2007 (TRS 950)
Sex
All
Age
Adolescents and adults
Therapeutic equivalence
Patent information
Patents have expired in most jurisdictions
Summary of evidence and Expert Committee recommendations
The EMLc Subcommittee discussed the suggestion of adding cholecalciferol to ergocalciferol in appropriate, equivalent forms and dosages because of the better bioavailability and metabolic action of cholecalciferol. The Subcommittee agreed to endorse both cholecalciferol and ergocalciferol for listing in the EMLc for the treatment of vitamin D deficiencies. Ergocalciferol is noted as an alternative in the listing for cholecalciferol on the EMLc.