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 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.