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Publication Updates

08 Nov
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BNF for Children November 2022 Update

This update contains 3 significant changes, 4 dose changes, 1 new monograph and 5 new preparations.

Significant Changes:
• COVID-19 vaccines: updated guidance for immunisation.
• Methylphenidate hydrochloride long-acting (modified-release) preparations: caution if switching between products due to differences in formulations [MHRA/CHM advice].
• Nebulised asthma rescue therapy in children: home use of nebulisers in paediatric asthma should be initiated and managed only by specialists [MHRA/CHM advice] (advice in ipratropium bromide, salbutamol, terbutaline sulfate; see example in ipratropium bromide).

Dose Changes:
• Prednisolone [update to dosing for infantile spasms].
• Tetracosactide [update to dosing for infantile spasms].
• Vigabatrin [update to dosing for infantile spasms].
Xeljanz® (tofacitinib) [update to dosing for polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis and juvenile psoriatic arthritis using oral solution].

New Monograph:
Sibnayal® [potassium citrate with potassium bicarbonate].

New Preparations: Avenor®, Seffalair Spiromax®, Sereflo Ciphaler®, Stalpex® [fluticasone with salmeterol]; Nuvaxovid® [COVID-19 vaccine].

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

11 Oct
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BNF for Children October 2022 Update

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

Significant Changes:
• Antibacterials, use for prophylaxis: updated guidance for the prevention of secondary cases of diphtheria.
• Diphtheria vaccine: updated guidance for immunisation.
• Influenza vaccine: updated guidance for immunisation.
• Urinary-tract infections: updated guidance for management of lower urinary-tract infection and pyelonephritis, acute.
• Valaciclovir [update to indication and doses in line with UK Health Security Agency recommendations on post-exposure prophylaxis for chickenpox and shingles].

Dose changes:
• Aciclovir [update to indication and doses in line with UK Health Security Agency recommendations on post-exposure prophylaxis for chickenpox and shingles].
• Colecalciferol [update to dosing for primary prevention and treatment of Vitamin D deficiency].
• Ergocalciferol [update to dosing for primary prevention and treatment of Vitamin D deficiency].

New preparations:
WockAIR® [budesonide with formoterol].

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

13 Sep
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BNF for Children September 2022 Update

This update contains 7 significant changes, 3 dose changes, 5 new monographs, 1 new preparation, and 1 deleted preparation.

Significant Changes:
• Cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator modulators: update to hepatic impairment advice (see example in ivacaftor).
• Epilepsy: updated guidance on management.
• Hydrocortisone: addition of children’s dosing for adrenal crisis.
• Immunisation schedule: updated guidance for immunisation against influenza.
• Influenza vaccine: updated guidance for immunisation.
• Tezacaftor with ivacaftor and elexacaftor: name change to ivacaftor with tezacaftor and elexacaftor.
• Topiramate (Topamax®): start of safety review triggered by a study reporting an increased risk of neurodevelopmental disabilities in children with prenatal exposure [MHRA/CHM advice].

Dose Changes:
Briviact® (brivaracetam) [update to age range].
• Ivacaftor with tezacaftor and elexacaftor [update to age range].
• Tezacaftor with ivacaftor [update to age range].

New Monographs:
Aklief® [trifarotene].
• Magnesium citrate.
NovoThirteen® [factor XIII A-subunit (recombinant)].
Palforzia® [peanut protein].
Zepatier® [elbasvir with grazoprevir].

New Preparation:
Assicco® [glycopyrronium bromide].

Deleted Preparation:
• Codeine phosphate solution for injection.

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

09 Aug
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BNF for Children August 2022 Update

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

Significant Changes:
• Metformin hydrochloride: reduced vitamin B12 levels and new advice for monitoring patients at risk [MHRA/CHM advice].
• Type 1 diabetes: inclusion of continuous glucose monitoring in aims of treatment.

Dose Changes:
• Cyanocobalamin [update to indications and dose].

New Monographs:
Bylvay® [odevixibat].
• Colchicine.

New Preparations: Uxil® [dasatinib].

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

12 Jul
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BNF for Children July 2022 Update

This update contains 3 significant changes, 2 new monographs, and 1 new preparation.

Significant Changes:
• Anagrelide: risk of thrombosis, including cerebral infarction, if treatment discontinued abruptly [MHRA/CHM advice].
• Denosumab (Prolia®): should not be used in patients under 18 years due to the risk of serious hypercalcaemia [MHRA/CHM advice].
• Tacrolimus: updated pregnancy, breast-feeding and monitoring advice.

New Monographs:
Aubagio® [teriflunomide].
Ngenla® [somatrogon].

New Preparations:
Ogluo® [glucagon].

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

14 Jun
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BNF for Children June 2022 Update

This update contains 6 significant changes, 3 dose changes, and 2 new monographs.

Significant Changes:
• Ear: updated guidance for the management of acute otitis media.
• Human papillomavirus vaccine: updated guidance in-line with UK Health Security Agency recommendations.
• Immunisation schedule: updated guidance for immunisation against human papillomavirus and influenza.
• Influenza vaccine: updated guidance in-line with UK Health Security Agency recommendations.
• Paediatric Steroid Treatment Card to support early recognition and treatment of adrenal crisis in children with adrenal insufficiency [British Society for Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes] (advice in alclometasone dipropionate; beclometasone dipropionate; benzyl benzoate with bismuth oxide, bismuth subgallate, hydrocortisone acetate, peru balsam and zinc oxide; betamethasone; budesonide; ciclesonide; cinchocaine hydrochloride with fluocortolone caproate and fluocortolone pivalate; cinchocaine with hydrocortisone; cinchocaine with prednisolone; ciprofloxacin with fluocinolone acetonide; clobetasol propionate; clobetasone butyrate; deflazacort; dexamethasone; diflucortolone valerate; fludrocortisone acetate; fludroxycortide; flumetasone pivalate with clioquinol; fluocinolone acetonide; fluocinonide; fluorometholone; fluticasone; gentamicin with hydrocortisone; hydrocortisone; hydrocortisone butyrate; hydrocortisone with lidocaine; loteprednol etabonate; methylprednisolone; mometasone furoate; prednisolone; triamcinolone acetonide; triamcinolone hexacetonide; see example in  dexamethasone).
• Pain, chronic: new guidance for management in children.

Dose Changes:
• Dexamethasone [update to dosing for COVID-19 requiring supplemental oxygen].
• Erythromycin [amended age range for otitis media and sore throat in children].
• Human papillomavirus vaccines [update to indications and dosing].

New Monographs:
Givlaari® [givosiran].
Rinvoq® [upadacitinib].

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

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