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British National Formulary (BNF 85)

The British National Formulary (BNF) is the first choice for concise medicines information. Trusted by healthcare professionals across the world to support confident decision-making at the point of care.

The new edition (BNF 85) provides up-to-date guidance on prescribing, dispensing, and administering medicines, plus legal and professional guidelines.

Extensive content updates in the BNF 85 edition include:

New monographs for:

  • Aklief® [trifarotene] for acne vulgaris
  • Drovelis® [drospirenone with estetrol] for hormonal contraception
  • Ducressa® [dexamethasone with levofloxacin] for prophylaxis or treatment of postoperative inflammation, or prevention of infection, following cataract surgery
  • Kerendia® [finerenone] for chronic kidney disease associated with type 2 diabetes
  • Magnesium citrate for treatment and prevention of magnesium deficiency
  • Netildex® [dexamethasone with netilmicin] for local treatment of eye inflammation and bacterial infection
  • Nettacin® [netilmicin] for local treatment of eye infection
  • Sibnayal® [potassium citrate with potassium bicarbonate] for distal renal tubular acidosis
  • Tenkasi® [oritavancin] for acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections
  • Vydura® [rimegepant] for treatment or prophylaxis of migraine
  • Xerava® [eravacycline] for complicated intra-abdominal infections

MHRA advice on:

  • Anagrelide: risk of thrombosis, including cerebral infarction, if treatment discontinued abruptly
  • Denosumab (Prolia®): should not be used in patients under 18 years due to the risk of serious hypercalcaemia
  • Dexmedetomidine: clinical trial finds increased risk of mortality in intensive care unit patients aged 65 years or younger
  • Metformin hydrochloride: reduced vitamin B12 levels and new advice for monitoring patients at risk
  • Methylphenidate hydrochloride long-acting (modified-release) preparations: caution if switching between products due to differences in formulations
  • Nebulised asthma rescue therapy in children: home use of nebulisers in paediatric asthma should be initiated and managed only by specialists
  • Rucaparib (Rubraca®): withdrawal of third-line treatment indication
  • Topiramate (Topamax®): start of safety review triggered by a study reporting an increased risk of neurodevelopmental disabilities in children with prenatal exposure

Other significant changes include updated guidance on:

  • Antibacterials for the prevention of secondary cases of diphtheria, and addition of guidance for the prevention of intra-uterine infection in preterm prelabour rupture of membranes
  • Contraceptive interactions
  • Prescribing of drugs associated with dependence and withdrawal
  • COVID-19 vaccines
  • Management of depression
  • Diphtheria vaccine
  • Management of epilepsy
  • Management of gout
  • Post-exposure prophylaxis of herpesvirus infections
  • Hydrocortisone: addition of children’s dosing for adrenal crisis
  • Management of hypertension in patients with type 1 diabetes
  • Management of multiple sclerosis
  • Obstetrics: preterm labour
  • Tacrolimus: updated pregnancy, breast-feeding and monitoring advice
  • Type 1 diabetes: inclusion of continuous glucose monitoring in aims of treatment
  • Type 2 diabetes: use of non-insulin antidiabetic drugs
  • Valaciclovir: update to indication and doses in line with UK Health Security Agency recommendations on post-exposure prophylaxis for chickenpox and shingles

BNF 85 is an essential publication, it provides you with:

  • Up-to-date information on prescribing, dispensing, and administering medicines
  • Authoritative, independent guidance on best practice enabling you to select safe and effective medicines
  • Information you know you can trust for quality, reliability, and independence
  • Everything you need at your fingertips, all in one book

British National Formulary (BNF 85)

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  • ISBN 9780857114587
  • Published Mar 2023
  • Paperback 1904pp

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