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BNF 57

The 57th Edition of the British National Formulary is currently being printed and distributed.

New or revised content in this version includes a revised layout for chapter 14 - Immunological products and vaccines and:

Updated Prescribing information for:

  • Treatment of irritable bowel syndrome
  • Emergency use of oxygen
  • HIV infection
  • Oral antidiabetic drugs in pregnancy and breast-feeding
  • Prevention of osteoporotic fractures in postmenopausal women

New safety information for:

  • Fibrotic reactions and ergot-derived dopamine receptor agonists
  • Tendon damage with quinolones

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 57 as soon as the print version arrives. The web version can be used to access the latest information if necessary.

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