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