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Publication Updates

08 Sep
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BNF for Children September 2020 Update

This update contains 6 significant changes, 1 dose change and 2 new monographs.

Significant Changes:
• Amphotericin: name change to amphotericin B.
• Amphotericin B: Liposomal and lipid-complex formulations: name change to reduce medication errors [MHRA/CHM advice].
• Cytarabine: Liposomal and lipid-complex formulations: name change to reduce medication errors [MHRA/CHM advice].
• Daunorubicin: Liposomal and lipid-complex formulations: name change to reduce medication errors [MHRA/CHM advice].
• Doxorubicin hydrochloride: Liposomal and lipid-complex formulations: name change to reduce medication errors [MHRA/CHM advice].
• Flucytosine: Updated recommendations for the use in patients with dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase (DPD) deficiency [MHRA/CHM advice].

Dose Change:
• Cefixime [update to dosing for uncomplicated gonorrhoea].

New Monographs:
• Cefazolin.
• Veklury® [remdesivir].

For further details on changes in the BNFC click on
https://www.medicinescomplete.com/#/content/bnfc/PHP107699?hspl=changes

 
11 Aug
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BNF for Children August 2020 Update

This update contains 3 significant changes, 8 dose changes, and 1 deleted monograph.

Significant Changes:

  • Genital system infections, antibacterial therapy: updated guidance for the management of uncomplicated gonorrhoea.
  • Ketotifen for the symptomatic treatment of seasonal allergic conjunctivitis [AWMSG guidance].
  • Smallpox vaccine: updated guidance in-line with Public Health England recommendations.

Dose Changes:

  • Azithromycin [update to dosing for uncomplicated gonorrhoea].
  • Ceftriaxone [update to dosing for gonococcal infections].
  • Chloroquine [update to dosing for prophylaxis of malaria].
  •  Ciprofloxacin [update to dosing for gonococcal infections].
  • Doxycycline [update to dosing for prophylaxis of malaria].
  • Proguanil hydrochloride [update to age range for prophylaxis of malaria].
  • Solifenacin succinate [update to include child dosing].
  • Tipranavir [dose removed for child 2-11 years as oral solution formulation discontinued].

Deleted Monograph: Stavudine

For further details on changes in the BNFC click on
https://www.medicinescomplete.com/#/content/bnfc/PHP107699?hspl=changes

14 Jul
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BNF for Children July 2020 Update

This update contains 6 significant changes.

Significant Changes:

  • Hyperthyroidism: updated guidance on management.
  • Hypothyroidism: updated guidance on management.
  • Larotrectinib for treating NTRK fusion-positive solid tumours [NICE guidance].
  • Rabies vaccine: updated guidance in-line with Public Health England recommendations.
  • Sodium valproate: Valproate Pregnancy Prevention Programme: temporary advice for management during coronavirus (COVID-19) [MHRA/CHM advice].
  • Valproic acid: Valproate Pregnancy Prevention Programme: temporary advice for management during coronavirus (COVID-19) [MHRA/CHM advice].

For further details on changes in the BNFC click on https://www.medicinescomplete.com/#/content/bnfc/PHP107699?hspl=changes

09 Jun
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BNF for Children June 2020 Update

This update contains 5 significant changes, 4 dose changes and 5 new preparations.

Significant Changes:

  • Adrenaline/epinephrine auto-injectors (Emerade®): all strengths of auto-injector pens have been recalled from patients due to failure to activate. Healthcare professionals are advised to ensure that patients who have previously been prescribed an Emerade® 150, 300 or 500 microgram pen are supplied with a prescription for an alternative brand—see the MHRA website for full details [MHRA/CHM advice].
  • Hypoglycaemia: updated guidance on management.
  • Poisoning, emergency treatment: updated guidance on the management of beta-blockers poisoning in-line with TOXBASE recommendations.
  • Poisoning, emergency treatment: updated guidance on the management of paracetamol poisoning in-line with TOXBASE recommendations.
  • Skin infections, antibacterial therapy: updated guidance on management of impetigo.

Dose Changes:

  • Co-fluampicil [update to dosing information].
  • Qvar® (beclometasone dipropionate) [age-range extension].
  • Seretide 50 Evohaler® (fluticasone with salmeterol) [age-range extension].
  • Seretide 100 Accuhaler® (fluticasone with salmeterol) [age-range extension].

New Preparations:

  • Combisal® 25/50 [fluticasone with salmeterol].
  • Combisal® 25/125 [fluticasone with salmeterol].
  • Combisal® 25/250 [fluticasone with salmeterol].
  • Fusacomb 50/250 Easyhaler® [fluticasone with salmeterol].
  • Fusacomb 50/500 Easyhaler® [fluticasone with salmeterol].

 

For further details on changes in the BNFC click on https://www.medicinescomplete.com/#/content/bnfc/PHP107699?hspl=changes 

12 May
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BNF for Children May 2020 Update

This update contains 3 significant changes, 5 dose changes and 1 new preparation.

Significant Changes:
• Benzodiazepines: reminder of risk of potentially fatal respiratory depression [MHRA/CHM advice] (advice in alprazolam, chlordiazepoxide hydrochloride, clobazam, clonazepam, diazepam, flurazepam, loprazolam, lorazepam, lormetazepam, midazolam, nitrazepam, oxazepam, temazepam; see example in diazepam).
• COVID-19: new guidance incorporating a collection of resources.
• Opioids: reminder of risk of potentially fatal respiratory depression [MHRA/CHM advice] (advice in alfentanil, buprenorphine, codeine phosphate, diamorphine hydrochloride, dihydrocodeine tartrate, dipipanone hydrochloride, fentanyl, hydromorphone hydrochloride, meptazinol, methadone hydrochloride, morphine, oxycodone hydrochloride, pentazocine, pethidine hydrochloride, remifentanil, sufentanil, tapentadol, tramadol hydrochloride; see example in morphine).

Dose Changes:

• Betamethasone with clioquinol [updated child age range].
• Digoxin [clarification of maximum doses for children 5-9 years].
• Glucagon [update to age ranges for hypoglycaemia].
• Idursulfase [updated age range].
• Sodium fluoride [updating dosing for prophylaxis of dental caries].

New Preparations: Cytotect® [cytomegalovirus immunoglobulin].

For further details on changes in the BNFC click on https://www.medicinescomplete.com/#/content/bnfc/PHP107699?hspl=changes

14 Apr
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BNF for Children April 2020 Update

This update contains 4 significant changes, 5 dose changes and 2 new preparations.

Significant Changes:
• Adrenaline/epinephrine (Emerade®) pre-filled auto-injector: update on failure to activate [MHRA/CHM advice].
• Antimicrobial stewardship: new guidance.
• Etonogestrel (Nexplanon®) contraceptive implants: new insertion site to reduce rare risk of neurovascular injury and implant migration [MHRA/CHM advice].
• Medicines optimisation: new guidance.

Dose Changes:
• Benzoin tincture, compound [updated child age range].
• Eucalyptus with menthol [frequency of dosing].
• Eucalyptus with menthol [updated child age range].
• Fluocinolone acetonide with clioquinol [updated dosing frequency].
• Paracetamol with buclizine hydrochloride and codeine phosphate [child age ranges].

New Preparations:
Benzathine benzylpenicillin, Mozobil® [ plerixafor ].

For further details on changes in the BNFC click on https://www.medicinescomplete.com/#/content/bnfc/PHP107699?hspl=changes

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