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BNF 72

British National Formulary (BNF) 72

72 (September 2016)

Published jointly by BMJ Publishing Group Ltd and Royal Pharmaceutical Society

The September 2016 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.

BNF 72 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 content updates for BNF 72 include:
  • New safety information about the risk of abnormal pregnancy outcomes with sodium valproate and valproic acid
  • Updated guidance for conditions including asthma, obesity, coeliac disease, irritable bowel syndrome and prostate cancer
  • New drug monographs including edoxaban, albiglutide, dulaglutide, dasabuvir, and vortioxetine
  • Updated pregnancy-prevention advice for patients taking mycophenolate mofetil
  • Updated guidance on the risk of hepatitis B reactivation with BCR-ABL tyrosine kinase inhibitors, and pomalidomide
  • Advice about the risk of ulceration with nicorandil treatment
  • NICE guidelines including the use of vedolizumab for treating moderately to severely active Crohn’s disease
  • New guidance on suspected or confirmed drug allergy
  • Evidence grading of BNF recommendations.

Improvements in the new edition

Since the launch of the new format BNF we have actively sought your comments and feedback, and as a result have made the following improvements to this edition:
  • Important safety information is displayed prominently within the monograph
  • Class monographs (e.g. ACE inhibitors) are easy to navigate to from the individual monographs.

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.

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BNF 72

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  • ISSN 0260-535X
  • ISBN 978 0 85711 273 6
  • Published Sep 2016
  • Paperback
    210 x 148mm (1424pp)

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