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BNF 85 (British National Formulary)

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BNF 85
BNF 85 (British National Formulary)


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The British National Formulary (BNF) is the first choice for concise medicines information. Trusted by healthcare professionals across the world to support confident decision-making at the point of care. The new edition (BNF 85) provides up-to-date guidance on prescribing, dispensing, and administering medicines, plus legal and professional guidelines. In these days’ world, doctors need reliable, independent guidance to make safe and effective drug selections, which is why BNF 85 is so important.

previous versions:

British National Formulary (BNF84)

BNF For Children (BNFC)

Weight1.850 kg

BNF 85 includes extensive content updates, including:

New monographs for:

  • Drovelis® [drospirenone with estetrol] for hormonal contraception
  • Xerava® [eravacycline] for complicated intra-abdominal infections
  • Netildex® [dexamethasone with netilmicin] for local treatment of eye inflammation and bacterial infection
  • Aklief® [trifarotene] for acne vulgaris
  • Vydura® [rimegepant] for treatment or prophylaxis of migraine
  • Nettacin® [netilmicin] for local treatment of eye infection
  • Tenkasi® [oritavancin] for acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections
  • Magnesium citrate for treatment and prevention of magnesium deficiency
  • Ducressa® [dexamethasone with levofloxacin] for prophylaxis or treatment of postoperative inflammation, or prevention of infection, following cataract surgery
  • Sibnayal® [potassium citrate with potassium bicarbonate] for distal renal tubular acidosis
  • Kerendia® [finerenone] for chronic kidney disease associated with type 2 diabetes

Other significant changes can be found in British National Formulary 85th, include:

  • Guidelines for the prevention of intrauterine infection during preterm prelabour rupture of membranes and antibacterials for the prevention of secondary cases of diphtheria.
  • Post-exposure prophylaxis of herpesvirus infections
  • COVID-19 vaccines
  • Management of epilepsy
  • Contraceptive interactions
  • Prescribing of drugs associated with dependence and withdrawal
  • Management of depression
  • A review of the indications and doses of valaciclovir in line with the UK Health Security Agency’s recommendations for post-exposure prophylaxis against chickenpox and shingles comes out today
  • Diphtheria vaccine
  • Management of gout
  • Management of hypertension in patients with type 1 diabetes
  • Management of multiple sclerosis
  • Preterm labor
  • Post-exposure prophylaxis of herpesvirus infections
  • Tacrolimus: updated pregnancy, breast-feeding and monitoring advice
  • Type 1 diabetes: inclusion of continuous glucose monitoring in aims of treatment
  • Type 2 diabetes: use of non-insulin antidiabetic drugs
  • Hydrocortisone: addition of children’s dosing for adrenal crisis

The BNF is a joint publication of the British Medical Association and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

What is the latest edition of BNF?

BNF 85 (British National Formulary 85th)

Who publishes the British National Formulary?

The British National Formulary is published jointly by the British Medical Association and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

Why should I get the British National Formulary 85th?

It is critical to keep up to date with the latest information on medicines and prescribing guidelines in the UK. This will improve patient safety, and ensure compliance with current best practices by obtaining the most recent edition of the BNF.

What is British National Formulary?

The British National Formulary (BNF) provides information about the prescribing and use of medicines in the UK. Every six months, the BNF is updated to reflect the latest medications.

What will be the risks if I keep using the old edition?

By using an old version of the BNF, incorrect prescribing decisions can be made, medication errors can occur, patients may experience suboptimal care, dosages could be inaccurate, the risk of adverse drug reactions might increase, and current best practices may be violated.

  • Providing healthcare professionals with up-to-date information on prescription, dispensing, and administration.
  • Providing authoritative, independent guidance on best practices to ensure safe and effective medication selection
  • Information that healthcare professionals trust for quality and reliability.
  • Providing healthcare professionals with everything they need in one place.


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