NHS registered user access extended

NHS registered user access to BNF content through MedicinesComplete has been automatically extended.  If you have received an email asking you to re-register as an NHS user, you can safely ignore it and your access will not be affected. 

If you have re-registered as an NHS user, thank you, your access to BNF content through MedicinesComplete is also confirmed. 

If you have any questions, please get in touch. 

Correction of valganciclovir information in BNFfor Children

The valganciclovir drug monograph in BNF for Children has incorrectly included the following equivalence statement since the monograph was added for the July 2018 monthly digital update and the print edition BNF for Children 2018-2019.

Dose equivalence and conversion
Oral valganciclovir 900 mg twice daily is equivalent to intravenous ganciclovir 5 mg/kg twice daily.

This statement applies to dosing in adults only.

It will be removed from digital versions of BNF for Children for the August 2021 monthly update and the forthcoming print edition BNF for Children 2021-2022.

Interactions for combination drugs: check interactions for the individual component drugs

On MedicinesComplete, the interactions checker is currently not displaying interactions for co-drugs (e.g. co-codamol, co-trimoxazole) correctly. The results state that there are no interaction results for co-drugs, when this is not the case. Users are reminded to always check the interactions of all individual components of co-drugs to get the complete clinical information.

This issue applies to the interactions checkers for BNF and BNF for Children and the Stockley’s Interactions Checker on MedicinesComplete. In BNF and BNF for Children on MedicinesComplete, when using the navigation panel to filter search results of co-drugs by Interactions, the same issue also occurs.

The interactions are displaying correctly when the interactions information is accessed directly via links from the Interactions section of the co-drug monographs in BNF and BNF for Children.

This issue only affects interactions content on MedicinesComplete.

Please contact editor@bnf.org with any questions.

Note: This issue is now resolved.

BNF hosts antimicrobial summary guidance on behalf of NICE and PHE

BNF Publications will now host the Summary of antimicrobial prescribing guidance – managing common infections on behalf of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and Public Health England (PHE). The hosting on BNF.org is an interim measure, whilst a long-term solution for the governance and hosting is established.

The Summary is a rapid reference containing recommendations around antimicrobial prescribing from NICE and PHE. The Summary will be updated at least quarterly and is available as a PDF and Word Document (updated August 2021).

Nurse Prescribers’ Formulary content within the British National Formulary

BNF Publications have been working to improve access to prescribing information for Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribers (CPNPs), by incorporating the NPF content within the BNF. As a result of this work, updates have been made to content within the BNF.

Up until now the NPF was available as a print-only publication that was published every two years. Incorporating the NPF content within the BNF means that this content is now available digitally, via the BNF app and online, and within BNF print editions, as described below. NPF users will also benefit from access to BNF content that was previously not included in the NPF, such as drug interactions.  

Within the BNF app, online versions of the BNF, and BNF80, the NPF list of medicinal preparations now includes:

  • Cross-references to BNF monographs to make navigating from the list to the monograph quick and easy
  • Indications for which CPNPs can prescribe a specific drug or preparation
  • Additional information (e.g. when initial assessment by a doctor is required before prescribing, or where there is a usual maximum duration of treatment for a specific indication)
  • Signposting to doses for CPNPs where these differ from the standard doses in the BNF

Within the BNF app and online versions of the BNF, the following information has been added:

  • General guidance for CPNPs (Nurse Prescribers’ Formulary—General guidance) which includes information on prescribing for CPNPs
  • Treatment summaries for CPNPs (e.g. Nurse Prescribers’ Formulary—Analgesics) which provide an overview of the drug management or prophylaxis of conditions that are commonly managed by CPNPs and/or information on the use of appliances, such as stoma appliances

For further details, see How to use the NPF which sits above the medicinal preparations section in the NPF list.

Have you updated your BNF app?

Following the launch of the improved BNF and BNF for Children app last month, the latest update is now available for all users.

We would encourage you to download the update as soon as possible, v3.0.1 on the AppStore and v3.0.2 on the Google Play store.

As a reminder, switch on automatic updates to get instant access to the most up-to-date version of the BNF app. 

Update your BNF app

Help us learn more about your use of the BNF and BNF for Children

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Appointment of Senior Medical Adviser to the BNF Board and Chair of the BNF Joint Formulary Committee

BNF Publications are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Fraz Mir as the Senior Medical Adviser to the BNF Board and Chair of the BNF Joint Formulary Committee.

Dr Mir is a clinical pharmacologist and consultant physician at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. In addition, he is head of the School of Postgraduate Medicine for Health Education East of England. Dr Mir also brings to the role a wealth of experience in medicines governance and patient safety.

Get ready for the improved BNF app

The British National Formulary (BNF) app helps busy healthcare professionals access essential medicines information quickly, offline and on-the-go.

Used by around 200,000 healthcare professionals every month, it continues to be a vital resource for those prescribing, dispensing and administering medicines.

Later this month an improved version will be available. If you’ve already downloaded the BNF app and switched on automatic updates, you will get instant access to the improved version. Otherwise, simply update your app to access the improved version.

What can I look forward to?

Colour-coded content

BNF and BNF for Children content will be colour-coded with clear labelling. You can easily differentiate between adult and child content and identify the right information for your patient; blue for BNF and pink for BNF for Children.

Intuitive design

The thoughtful design updates support the selection of safe and effective medicines – search Interactions with one click and swiftly move from section to section with the new menu.