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I New BNF eNewsletter - succinct and easier to read
I Welcome
Welcome to the June BNF eNewsletter.
This month we include news of three new drug monographs, including albiglutide and ramucirumab. Along with new NICE technology appraisals for ezetimibe, abiraterone, and others, you'll find updated guidance for the management of obesity, breast cancer and prostate cancer. We outline cautions for the use of paracetamol in patients with risk factors for hepatotoxicity and low body-weight.

Our BNF Case Study considers the treatment options available to manage the symptoms of uncontrolled chronic asthma.

In response to your feedback in the recent survey we have redesigned the eNewsletter to make it clearer, more succinct and easier to use. We'd welcome your thoughts - let us know in the Feedback section at the end of the eNewsletter.
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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
Obesity: updated guidance on management
For further information, see Obesity.
Paracetamol: clarification of cautions in patients with risk factors for hepatotoxicity and low body-weight
For further information, see Paracetamol.
BNF for Children Update
Other changes
To review other changes in the BNFC, click on changes.
BNF Updates
Breast cancer: updated guidance on management
For further information, see Breast cancer.
Prostate cancer: updated guidance on management
For further information, see Prostate cancer.
NICE technology appraisals
A number of NICE technology appraisals have been added to the BNF this month, including:
Ezetimibe for treating primary heterozygous-familial and non-familial hypercholesterolaemia
TNF-alpha inhibitors for ankylosing spondylitis and non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis
Abiraterone for treating metastatic hormone-relapsed prostate cancer before chemotherapy is indicated
For a list of all NICE technology appraisals added in this update, see changes.
Albiglutide: new drug monograph
For further information, see Albiglutide.
Pembrolizumab: new drug monograph
For further information, see Pembolizumab.
Ramucirumab: new drug monograph
For further information, see Ramucirumab.
Other changes
To review other changes in the BNF, click on changes.
I News
BNF Case Study: Managing uncontrolled asthma
Our BNF Case Study can help you put BNF advice on the management of chronic asthma into practice.
BNF - did you know?
There were nearly 37 million online page views over the last year, in 129 countries around the world. Worldwide, in a 24-hour span, an average of 211 people per hour will be using BNF on MedicinesComplete - with each user spending an average of 5.35 minutes per session. Usage of the app has increased, to more than 5.3 million uses over the last twelve months - keeping you informed and up to date with the latest developments.
BNF 71
BNF online
Changes to 'Clarifications and corrections' on
We have retired the 'Clarifications and corrections' page that was set up for BNF 70. All future clarifications and corrections will be displayed on the news page under Clinical news. Keep up to date with clarifications, corrections, and updates to BNF Publications here.
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.
Drug Safety Update
Drug Safety Update is a monthly newsletter from
the MHRA and Commission on Human Medicine.
Please follow this link to review this month's Drug Safety Update.
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).
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