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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.

August eNewsletter

The August newsletter contains the latest guidance and content updates to the BNF and BNFC. This month features the BNF 80 & BNFC 2020-2021, the improved BNF app, a new monograph and MHRA advice

Previous eNewsletters can be found below:

July 2020

June 2020

May 2020

April 2020

March 2020

February 2020

January 2020

December 2019

November 2019

October 2019

September 2019

August 2019

July 2019

June 2019

May 2019

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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.

Supporting the NHS with COVID-19 critical care information

Pharmaceutical Press from The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is today announcing the release of essential drug information focussed on supporting those working in critical care through the COVID-19 crisis. This is available to the NHS in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and to MedicinesComplete users at no charge.

Critical Illness is a new resource planned for publication next year, providing healthcare professionals working in intensive care units with specific guidance to help them make confident and effective decisions in this high-risk environment. Due to these exceptional circumstances, all available content is being released now. 

Pharmaceutical Press Managing Director, Karen Baxter said “I am incredibly grateful for the dedication and effort shown by the team at Pharmaceutical Press and our expert editors who have worked around the clock whilst also continuing their patient-facing roles to ensure we release this essential content set. We are glad to be able to support frontline NHS teams with this vital resource at such a pressured time.”

The advance release of Critical Illness, compiled by consultants and specialist pharmacists working in critical care comprises 6 monographs and prescribing guidance considered core for critical care units that follow dosing outside of standard regimens and are specifically useful for adult COVID-19 patients.

Dr Cathrine McKenzie, editor of Critical Illness and a clinical academic pharmacist with over 25 years’ experience in critical care said “I am really delighted to partner with my intensivist colleague’s Dr Barbara Philips and Dr Chris Kirwan and fellow pharmacist Greg Barton to provide, what we hope is a dynamic prescribing text to support critical care at this time of intense need. I also want to thank all the antimicrobial and intensive care pharmacists for their input into this early release and finally to Pharmaceutical Press for their support in transforming our ideas into a valuable resource.”

For more information about Critical Illness go to about.medicinescomplete.com/publication/critical-illness/

About MedicinesComplete

MedicinesComplete makes it easy for healthcare professionals to access essential medicines information at the point of care. Trusted evidence-based resources include British National Formulary, Stockley’s Drug Interactions, Martindale: The Complete Drug Reference, Palliative Care Formulary and many more specialist resources.

Our skilled editorial team of clinical writers includes pharmacists and science graduates who triage new information, assess evidence and review changes made by other clinical writers before publication. Certain content is further assessed by external experts, committee and peer review. Ensuring clear, concise and actionable guidance to support confident decision-making on the use and administration of drugs and medicines, and effective patient care.

As the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s knowledge business, we invest all our resources into creating independent and unbiased knowledge to promote best practice in medicines use.

For more information email marketing@rpharms.com

About Pharmaceutical Press

When healthcare professionals need to make the right decision, Pharmaceutical Press puts evidence-based pharmaceutical knowledge at their fingertips. Trusted worldwide for providing accessible clinical advice that improves patient safety, with an unmatched commitment to independently sourcing, evaluating and communicating the most accurate information. As the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s knowledge business, we invest all of our resources into creating world-class tools that promote best practice in medicines use, which means healthcare professionals can quickly and confidently make the most informed decisions.

MedicinesComplete is a Pharmaceutical Press product from The Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

Prompt to update BNF App on iOS

We are aware that the BNF app on iOS is currently alerting all users to update their app, via a pop-up which states:

“Update available: A new version of this App is available which contains the latest BNF and BNFC content. Please update to the latest version”.

This is occurring for all users, irrespective of whether they are using the most up-to-date version.

If your app indicates that you are using version 2.1.21, and the October 2019 content update, then this is the most recent content and no update is required. You should choose “Later”, and the pop-up will disappear.

If your app indicates that you are using a version earlier than 2.1.21, or a content update dated earlier than October 2019, then you should update your app so that you are using the most up-to-date content. After updating, you may still be prompted to update again but you can choose “Later” so that the pop-up disappears.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Celebrating 70 years of the BNF

70 years supporting you make effective decisions

Since 1949 the British National Formulary (BNF) has been the UK’s most trusted and authoritative healthcare resource, helping to ensure the safe and effective use of medicines at the point of care.

Over the past 70 years we’ve never lost sight of what’s important, and looking ahead we will continue to provide unrivalled guidance on prescribing, dispensing and administering medicines.

As part of our 70th celebration we want to share some behind-the-scenes detail about what makes the BNF special.

Find out more here

Do you have a success story about how the BNF has been pivotal in your healthcare career? We’d love to hear about it on social media, just use the hashtag #BNF70years

Appointments to the BNF for Children’s Paediatric Formulary Committee

BNF Publications are pleased to announce the appointments of a Chair and Deputy Chair of the BNF for Children’s Paediatric Formulary Committee (PFC).

Dr David Tuthill has been appointed as the Chair of the BNF for Children’s PFC. David is a consultant general paediatrician at the Children’s Hospital for Wales and Llandough Hospital. His main clinical focus is children with allergic and general paediatric problems. He has been involved in work around medication and patient safety and also has expertise in quality improvement. He has been a member of the PFC since 2011. David is also a member of the Medicines Committee at the Royal College of Paedatrics and Child Health (RCPCH). He has been actively involved in development of the Medicines for Children website, a joint initiative between RCPCH, the Neonatal and Paediatric Pharmacists Group (NPPG) and Wellchild.

Neil Caldwell has been appointed as the Deputy Chair of the BNF for Children’s PFC. Neil is a consultant pharmacist for children’s services at Wirral University Teaching Hospital and honorary lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University and has been a member of the PFC since 2011. Neil is a lead reviewer of Medicines for Children leaflets and, since 2009, he has been member of the NPPG committee; he was also part of the NICE Guideline Development Group for Antibiotics for Early Onset Neonatal Infection from 2010­–2012. Neil was awarded a Faculty Fellow of Royal Pharmaceutical Society in 2014.

New BNF & BNFC App launches for UK NHS Professionals

A new BNF & BNFC App is available to download from App Store and Google Play.  Containing the latest content from both the BNF and BNF for Children (BNFC), the app provides access to practical, evidence-based medicines information whenever – and wherever – it is needed.

The App is aimed at prescribers, pharmacists, and other health and social care professionals working within the NHS in the UK who need accurate, up-to-date information about the use of medicines. It features the same content structure as the BNF print and web editions and has been purpose-built for iOS and Android platforms.

The App’s predictive searching is fast and intuitive, the BNF drug monographs make dosage and prescribing information immediately accessible, and the arrangement of information into sections on Drugs, Treatment summaries, Interactions, Medical devices, Borderline substances and Wound care makes it easy to navigate. The App includes a robust interactions checker that makes identifying potentially serious issues between combinations of drugs quick and simple.

The App lets users search and retrieve BNF content without a connection to the internet. Its clinical content is updated every month, so users can be sure they are basing their decisions on the latest information available.

BNF Director, Karen Baxter comments:

“The new BNF & BNFC App has been designed to be responsive, interactive and very easy to access, saving clinicians valuable time. We have had great initial feedback from our test group on its intuitive design and ease of use.  This new digital format adds to the range of ways health professionals can access BNF content and we are delighted to be able to share it with you.”

Commercial users of the BNF who wish to use the App should contact opsteam@rpharms.com to discuss licencing arrangements.