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BNF for Children 2013-2014

The British National Formulary for Children 2013-2014 has been updated, published and made available online.

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

Significant changes in this revision include:

  • Changes to the criteria that define paracetamol overdose included in Emergency Treatment of Poisoning
  • Advice on prescribing adrenaline auto-injectors for anaphylaxis by brand name only to ensure patients and carers receive the device they have been trained to use
  • Revised drug treatment of septicaemia in neonates to take account of the NICE guideline Antibiotics for Early-onset Neonatal Infection (August 2012)
  • NICE guidance on when to prescribe tobramycin by dry powder inhalation for pseudomonal lung infection in cystic fibrosis
  • Updated doses of rifampicin and ethambutol in the standard regimen for the treatment of tuberculosis
  • MHRA/CHM advice on prescribing oral tacrolimus products by brand name only to minimise the risk of inadvertent switching between products
  • Changes to the childhood immunisation schedule
  • Prevention of pertussis - contacts requiring antibacterial prophylaxis
  • Driving guidance for patients with diabetes

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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