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Update and clarification of ceftriaxone in the BNF for Children 2015-2016

Following feedback about the ceftriaxone monograph in BNFC 2015-2016 and online, we would like to provide an update and clarification:

In the current BNFC, the dosage and route of ceftriaxone remains unchanged from BNFC legacy. Although the routes for the dosing statement include intramuscular injection, this was never intended as a recommendation for child under 12 years with body-weight under 50kg, as doses of 50mg/kg and over were advised to be given by intravenous infusion only. Children over 50kg do have the option in this dosing statement to have ceftriaxone by intramuscular injection. However, since this information has been published, the SPC for Rocephin has been updated.

Over the last few months, we have been processing the updated SPC and we have also taken the opinion of expert advisers, the Paediatric Formulary Committee, and now are awaiting evidence from the manufacturer. This is to ensure the content we publish is clinically appropriate for paediatrics.

We appreciate the need to update the monograph based on the SPC as soon as possible, but we also want to ensure the dose and route are safe and appropriate before the monograph will be published.