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News - 09 Oct 2012

British National Formulary publications now updated monthly online

BNFBritish National Formulary (BNF) publications have issued their first online monthly update in the form of a revised version of BNF for Children 2012-13, which has gone live in tandem with BNF 64. From now on both the BNF and BNF for Children will be updated online every month; this is a step which will support healthcare professionals everywhere to provide better patient care. Print editions of BNF will continue to be published every six months, and BNF for Children annually.

BNF and BNF for Children will be updated monthly via bnf.org, MedicinesComplete, and NHS Evidence. In addition the NICE BNF and BNF for Children apps will be updated monthly.

Announcing monthly updates, Dr Derek Waller, Senior Medical Advisor to the BNF, and Chair of the Joint Formulary Committee, said:
"The monthly updates of BNF and BNF for Children represent one of the most significant changes for the better in recent years. BNF publications are the first port of call for doctors, pharmacists, and nurses in both primary and acute health sectors, as well as many other healthcare professionals. Monthly updates will mean that the BNF will be even better equipped to support decisions at the point of care."

Rachel Ryan, acting Managing Editor of the British National Formulary, said:

"We are committed to improving BNF publications, backed by the authority of the Joint Formulary and Paediatric Formulary Committees, and published by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, the British Medical Association, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, and the Neonatal and Paediatric Pharmacists Group. The introduction of more frequent updates to our digital formats is an important move to meet the needs of the modern healthcare professional."

Notes to Editors:

About BNF publications
The BNF is a joint publication of the British Medical Association and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society; BNF for Children is a joint publications of the British Medical Association, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, and the Neonatal and Paediatric Pharmacists Group. The BNF and BNF for Children are consulted by all healthcare professionals involved in using medicines. Updated versions are published in digital form every month, and in print form every six months (BNF for Children is published in print annually). Both BNF and BNF for Children are resources used for rapid reference by practising healthcare professionals to support safe selection of, and effective use of, medicines.

About NICE
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is the independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance and standards on the promotion of good health and the prevention and treatment of ill health.

NICE distributes BNF publications in print to the NHS in England, and makes the BNF available through its NHS Evidence platform. In addition it publishes the NICE BNF and NICE BNFC apps for smartphones. In Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland the BNF is distributed by the Departments of Health.

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