British National Formulary (BNF) 67
Joint Formulary Committee
67 (March 2014)
Published jointly by BMJ Publishing Group Ltd and Royal Pharmaceutical Society
The British National Formulary (BNF) provides up-to-date, practical guidance on prescribing, dispensing, and
administering medicines. This essential reference reflects current best
practice as well as legal and professional guidelines relating to the
uses of medicines.
Please note: NICE have altered their distribution arrangement for England, and eligible health professionals will now receive one free print copy of BNF a year - the September issue - to supplement online access. The March edition is being printed as usual, and you can buy your copy here.
BNF 67 (March 2014) has been revised and revalidated to reflect changes in product availability, emerging safety concerns and shifts in clinical practice. Access to the latest edition of the BNF is vital for healthcare professionals, as there are a large number of updates from one edition to the next.
Some of the significant changes in this edition include:
- Updated advice on the withdrawal of benzodiazepines
- New MHRA advice on the safety of Metoclopramide – risk of neurological adverse effects
- Antiepileptic drugs - new advice on switching between different manufacturers’ products for a particular drug
- Update on malaria prophylaxis recommendations for specific countries
- Influenza vaccines - extension of childhood seasonal influenza vaccine programme
- Addition of varicella-zoster vaccine to immunisation schedule
The BNF evaluates clinical evidence from diverse sources with information validated by a network of clinical experts and published under the authority of a Joint Formulary Committee.
Content of the BNF reflects current best practice as well as legal and professional guidelines relating to the uses of medicines. The resource includes:
- Guidance on the drug management of common conditions
- Details of medicines prescribed within the UK with special reference to their uses, cautions, contra-indications, side-effects, doses and relative costs. This allows treatment to be tailored to the individual needs of each patient.
- Guidance on prescribing, monitoring, dispensing and adminstering medicines.
The content is updated every 6 months in print, making it an up-to-date source of prescribing advice for informed decision-making.
From the reviews of previous editions:
"...The British National Formulary (BNF) is a useful reference for a quick verification of drugs and treatment plans when prescribing and dispensing drugs...
...This is a resource that is truly useful for any clinician or
healthcare professional seeking information on drugs and drug
therapeutics. There are even instructions on how to use the BNF,
specifically directed toward certain healthcare practitioners...
...The BNF is much more than just monographs of drugs, which characterize many drug references. It also includes extensive prefaces and appendixes that focus on common issues in drug therapeutics. For example, it has information on prescribing in certain populations, (the elderly, children, patients with comorbid conditions/renal impairment), how to minimize drug interactions, treatment of emergency poisoning, prescribing in pregnancy and lactation, and other patient-specific topics...
...As a pharmacist and pharmacy educator in the U.S., I am not familiar with the BNF, but I was pleasantly surprised at how complete it was. Because it is updated every six months, it is about as current as a drug reference in print can be..."Patrick J McDonnell, Pharm.D. (Temple University School of Pharmacy), Doody's Notes, May 2013
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ISBN 978 0 85711 086 2
Publishing Mar 2014
215 x 130mm (1144pp)
Other formats available
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