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I The latest updates in the BNF - find out more...
I Welcome
Welcome to the July BNF eNewsletter.
This month we include notifications of new drug monographs including dulaglutide, guanfacine and valsartan with sacubitril. You'll also find NICE technology appraisals for drugs including ruxolinitib, and valsartan with sacubitril. We outline updated safety advice for valproate in pregnancy from the MHRA/CHM, and note the changes made to the ceftriaxone drug monograph.

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BNF Team
I In this issue
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I Significant
This month's changes to the clinical content of these publications are described in three parts:

BNF & BNFC update should be read by all users of the BNF or BNF for Children
BNF update should be read by all users of the BNF
BNFC update should be read by all users of the BNF for Children
BNF 71
BNF BNF for Children Updates
Valproate: MHRA/CHM advice on risk of abnormal pregnancy outcomes
For further information, see Sodium valproate and Valproic acid.
Ceftriaxone: substantial changes to indication and dose statements and directions for administration to reflect the updated Summary of Product Characteristics (SPC) for Rocephin®
Further information on the changes will be added to the news page. To view the updated monograph, see Ceftriaxone.
Guanfacine: new drug monograph
For further information, see Guanfacine.
BNF for Children Update
To review changes in BNFC, click on changes.
BNF Updates
NICE technology appraisals
A number of NICE technology appraisals have been added to the BNF this month, including:
Ruxolitinib for treating disease-related splenomegaly or symptoms in adults with myelofibrosis
Topotecan, pegylated liposomal doxorubicin hydrochloride, paclitaxel, trabectedin and gemcitabine for treating recurrent ovarian cancer
Valsartan with sacubitril for treating symptomatic chronic heart failure with reduced ejection fraction
For a list of all NICE technology appraisals added in this update, see changes.
Dulaglutide: new drug monograph
For further information, see Dulaglutide.
Palonosetron with netupitant: new drug monograph
For further information, see Palonosetron with netupitant.
Valsartan with sacubitril: new drug monograph
For further information, see Valsartan with sacubitril.
Other changes
To review other changes in the BNF, click on changes.
I News
BNF - did you know?
More than half a million print copies of BNF and BNFC were distributed in the last year
These books had a combined weight of 400 tonnes (that’s 65 elephants!)
BNF Publications contain more than 1,600 monographs
More than 20 new drug safety alerts were added to BNF Publications in the past 12 months
Over 400 new drug preparations have been added to BNF in the past five years
BNF 71
BNF - help from the CPPE
An interactive PDF e-learning programme from CPPE is designed to help users familiarise themselves with new recommendations and the latest information in BNF 71. It consists of 10 case studies, and can be accessed here. CPPE have also produced a guide to using the BNF, which you can access on their website here.
I How to purchase BNF
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I Monthly price update reminder
Prices of all branded medicinal products in the BNF and BNFC are now updated monthly. Prices of generic preparations of medicinal products are updated every 2-4 months, to coincide with print editions of BNF and BNF for Children. The BNF team keep price information up to date using data sourced from the NHS dictionary of medicines and devices (dm+d).
Drug Safety Update
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the MHRA and Commission on Human Medicine.
Please follow this link to review this month's Drug Safety Update.
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