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BNF for Children 2012-2013

The British National Formulary for Children 2012-2013 has been updated, published and made available online.

Hard copies can be ordered from the publishers however many NHS staff will receive a free hard copy through usual channels and can also access the online version.

Significant changes in this revision include:

  • Proton pump inhibitors - rebound acid hypersecretion
  • Oral anticoagulants - prescribing notes updated
  • Antipsychotic drugs - section updated and reorganised
  • Paracetamol - MHRA advice on oral doses for children
  • Cellulitis - treatment update
  • Aminoglycosides - section updated and reorganised
  • Prophylaxis against malaria - recommendations for Argentina, Armenia, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, China, Iraq, Laos, Myanmar, Peru, and Venezuela
  • Antithyroid drugs - use in pregnancy
  • Bisphosphonates: atypical femoral fractures and osteonecrosis of the jaw
  • Combined oral contraceptives - starting and switching contraceptive routines updated
  • Several vaccine section updates

Action: BNFC is the primary source of prescribing information when prescribing to all children up to the age of 18 years.

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