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News - 21 May 2014

MedicinesComplete May updates


This is a summary of the updates this month to our MedicinesComplete online publications.  Full details of these updates are available on MedicinesComplete.


AHFS Drug Information

3 new monographs and 17 revised monographs, including a MedWatch alert for 1 monograph.  New monographs are Hydroxyethyl Starch 130/0.4, Rotigotine, Dextromethorphan and Quinidine.

BNF
5 significant changes, 6 dose changes, 7 deleted preparations and 3 new preparations. 
Significant Changes: Haloperidol [significant changes to indications and doses], domperidone: risk of cardiac side-effects-restricted indication, new contra-indications, reduced dose and duration of use [MHRA advice], treatment of epilepsy [updated guidance], strontium ranelate [restrictions on use] and meningococcal group C conjugate vaccine [catch-up programme].

BNFC
3 significant changes, 10 dose changes, 6 deleted preparations and 2 new preparations. 
Significant Changes: Haloperidol [significant changes to indications and doses], domperidone: risk of cardiac side-effects-restricted indication, new contra-indications, reduced dose and duration of use [MHRA advice] and treatment of epilepsy [updated guidance].

Pharmaceutical Excipients
4 new monographs, plus 19 monographs have been entirely re-validated and updated including a number of acidulants and natural thickeners.  New monographs are Gellan Gum, Gluconolactone, Hydrogen Peroxide, Magnesium Sulfate.

Stockley's Drug Interactions
9 new monographs, and over 280 existing monographs have been updated, including the revalidation of the majority of ciclosporin monographs.

Stockley's Interaction Alerts
2954 new Alerts have been added, and 608 existing Alerts have been updated.

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