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BNF 59

The 59th Edition of the British National Formulary is currently being printed and distributed.

New or revised content in this version includes updated advice regarding:

  • Withdrawal of sibutramine
  • Community-acquired pneumonia
  • Safe use of cytotoxic medicines
  • Azathioprine and thiopurine methyltransferase (TPMT) testing
  • Prescribing and dispensing of ciclosporin by brand name

Additionally, in this version prescribing information for hepatic and renal impairment, pregnancy, and breast-feeding is now in-chapter rather than in an appendix and the equivalent doses of morphine sulphate and diamorphine hydrochloride table has been revised to improve clarity.

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.

The BNF quality management system is now ISO 9001:2008 certified in recognition that the procedures that underpin the production of BNF products are robust and carried out to the highest of standards.

Action: All clinicians should start using BNF 59 as soon as the print version arrives. The web version can be used to access the latest information if necessary.

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