The hard copy of the British National Formulary for Children 2014-2015 has been updated and published. Electronic versions are updated monthly.
Significant changes in this revision include:
- Revised dose and monitoring requirements for gentamicin in neonatal sepsis
- Safety restrictions on the use of codeine, domperidone, and metoclopramide
- Significant dose changes to amoxicillin, ampicillin, paracetamol, metronidazole, and naloxone
- New advice on switching between different manufacturers’ products of an antiepileptic drug
- Updated advice on the use of ototoxic ear drops in children with perforated tympanic membrane or patent grommet
- Changes to recommendations on interchangeability of oral mesalazine preparations
- Updated guidance on prevention of pertussis
- Rotavirus vaccine included on immunisation schedule, and changes to schedule for meningococcal group C conjugate vaccine
- New safety information on serious hypersensitivity reactions with intravenous iron
Action: BNFC is the primary source of prescribing information when prescribing to all children up to the age of 18 years.