BNF Updates

The BNF is jointly published by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and BMJ. BNF is published in print twice a year and interim updates are issued and published monthly in the digital versions. DTB publishes brief summaries of some the recent key changes that have been made to BNF content.


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BNF 84

New drug monographs: Icosapent ethyl (▼Vazkepa), Baloxavir marboxil (▼Xofluza), Herpes-zoster vaccine [recombinant, adjuvanted] (▼Shingrix)
Updated monographs or dose changes: Erythromycin, Colecalciferol and ergocalciferol, Metolazone (Xaqua)
Important safety updates: Amiodarone hydrochloride, COVID-19 antivirals, Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine sulfate, Haloperidol, Metformin hydrochloride, Pregabalin, Potassium permanganate
New and updated treatment summaries: Smoking cessation, Phosphate imbalance



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BNF 83

New drug monographs: Estradiol with progesterone (Bijuve), Molnupiravir (Lagerviro), Inclisiran (Leqvio), Vericiguat (Verquvo), Relugolix with estradiol and norethisterone acetate (Ryeqo)
Updated monographs or dose changes: Dapagliflozin (Forxiga), Vaginal oestrogens, Chloral hydrate, Calcipotriol with betamethasone (Enstilar)
Important safety updates: Epinephrine, Levothyroxine sodium, Topical corticosteroids
New and updated treatment summaries: Adrenal insufficiency, Secondary bacterial infection of common skin conditions



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BNF 82

New drug monographs: Glycopyrronium with formoterol fumarate, Formoterol fumarate with glycopyrronium and budesonide
Updated monographs or dose changes: Canagliflozin, Dulaglutide
Important safety updates: Pregabalin (Lyrica), Quinolones, SSRI/SNRI antidepressant medicines
New and updated treatment summaries: Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), Hypoglycaemia and medical emergencies in the community, Oropharyngeal infections, antibacterial therapy


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BNF 81

New drug monographs: Cefiderocol (Fetcroja), Bempedoic acid (Nilemdo), Solriamfetol (Sunosi)
New preparations: Semaglutide (Rybelsus), Esketamine (Spravato)
Updated monographs or dose changes: Stimulant laxatives, Insulins (all types)
New and updated treatment summaries: Genital system infections, antibacterial therapy, Venous thromboembolism
General updates: New symbol for evidence grading

BNF 80

New drug monographs: Dienogest (Zalkya), Siponimod (Mayzent)
New preparations: Fluticasone with salmeterol (Fusacomb)
Updated monographs or dose changes: Benzodiazepines and opioids, Glucagon, Pneumococcal vaccine, SGLT2 inhibitors,
New and updated treatment summaries: Hypoglycaemia, Medicines optimisation, Antimicrobial stewardship, Skin infections, antibacterial therapy, Diabetic foot infections, antibacterial therapy



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BNF 79

New drug monographs: Andexanet alfa (Ondexxya), Caplacizumab (Cablivi), Cannabidiol (Epidyolex)
New preparations: Nyxoid (naloxone), Softacort (hydrocortisone),
Updated monographs or dose changes: Magnesium sulfate, Vitamin B substances with ascorbic acid
New and updated treatment summaries: Immunisation schedule, Asthma (chronic and acute),



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BNF 78

New drug monographs: Ertugliflozin (Steglatro), Insulin glargine with lixisenatide (Suliqua), Stiripentol (Diacomit)
New preparations: Soprobec (beclometasone dipropionate)
Updated monographs or dose changes: Rivaroxaban (Xarelto), Oseltamivir (Tamiflu)
New and updated treatment summaries: Smoking cessation, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder