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BNF 54

The 54th Edition of the British National Formulary is currently being printed and distributed.

New content in this version includes advice on:

  • Avoiding use of rimonabant in patients with a history of depressive illness
  • Restrictions on the use of piroxicam due to gastrointestinal side effects and skin reactions
  • The fire hazard posed by paraffin-based emollients after a fatality

The web version has already been updated and printed version is available for purchase.

The print version is distributed by the Department of Health to Dentists, Doctors, Nurses and Pharmacists providing NHS services.

Action: All clinicians should start using BNF 54 as soon as the print version arrives. The web version can be used to access the latest information if necessary.

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