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Active ingredient

The chemical which is the actual drug.


A list of often difficult or specialised words with their definitions.

Medicine box challenge

Student teams make boxes and labels for medicine bottles in the core task of this suite of activities. Dosage information can be deduced from associated tasks. Planning, quality control and some risk are essential to achieve challenging targets and bonus points.

The Medicine Box Challenge and its associated tasks help you learn about medicines, their effects and how they are administered. You can also learn more about what goes into a tablet or capsule as well as the active ingredient.

Medicine box

How to use this site

There are a number of interactive features in this e-source:

  • A glossary of terms: any word with a glossary entry is highlighted like this. Moving the mouse over the highlighted word will show a definition of that word.
  • Quick questions: at the end of most pages or sections there is a question or set of quick questions to test your understanding.
  • Animations: most of the animations can be expanded to full screen size, ideal for showing on an interactive whiteboard. The animations will play all the way through or can be viewed one section at a time.
  • Downloads: Teachers can download individual diagrams, animations and other content from the Download Library area of the website. Terms and Conditions apply.