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News - 18 Jan 2012

BNF mobile app now available on all smartphone platforms

Healthcare professionals requiring expert medicines information on the go can now download British National Formulary (BNF) and BNF for Children (BNFC) to their Apple, Android or Blackberry devices.

Both resources provide up-to-date guidance on prescribing, dispensing and administering medicines and the BNF has been recognised as the best source of information on drug treatment available at the point-of-care.

Availability via mobile app will now ensure instant and uninterrupted access to BNF and BNF for Children wherever and whenever they are needed. The full content of the current edition is downloaded on to the mobile device allowing users to access without relying on an internet connection.

The iPhone version of the BNF app was launched in 2010 and since then has become one of the top-selling medical applications via iTunes Store. All formats allow users to browse content based on condition or therapeutic area, or search for specific drugs based on brand, generic or drug class.

Cornelia Schnelle, BNF Managing Editor for Digital Development & Delivery stated that "BNF and BNFC apps provide real support for doctors, pharmacists and nurses working in the community or on the hospital wards, regardless of wi-fi availability. They encourage safe prescribing and help health professionals make the best decisions for their patients."

The apps have been developed in collaboration with MedHand, a leader in the field, utilizing both new technology and innovation to deliver the best possible product for the medical profession.

Apps are available via App Store (iOS), Android Market, or BlackBerry App World. Applications are single edition only; to stay updated it is recommended to purchase the forthcoming editions as they are revised twice yearly (BNF) and annually (BNFC).

An app for Windows Phone is expected to be released in February via Marketplace.

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