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12 May
Palliative Care Formulary May 2020 Update

This update contains 1 new monograph and 44 revised monographs. Parecoxib is a new monograph for this update.

The following monographs have been fully revised: *Cannabinoids; *Ketorolac trometamol; Antibacterials in palliative care; Anti-emetics; Antipsychotics; Baclofen; Bronchodilators; Celecoxib; Cellulitis in a lymphoedematous limb; Dantrolene; Diclofenac sodium; Drugs for cough; Ibuprofen; Magnesium; Medicinal products off-label; Mouthwashes; NSAIDs; Opioid antagonists – outside the CNS; Oral candidosis; Oxygen; QCG – Cellulitis in lymphoedema; QCG – Inoperable bowel obstruction; QCG – Reversal of opioid-induced respiratory depression; Rifampicin; Skeletal muscle relaxants; Tizanidine.

The following monographs have undergone minor revision: *Alfentanil; *Methadone; Buprenorphine; Depot corticosteroid injections; Diamorphine; Fentanyl; Fentanyl (transmucosal); Hydromorphone; Morphine; Opioid antagonists – within the CNS; Oxycodone; Paracetamol; Principles of use of analgesics; QCG – Use of methadone; Rubefacients; Strong opioids; Tapentadol; Theophylline.

12 May
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Pharmaceutical Excipients May 2020 Update

This update contains 44 updated monographs, 1 new Chapter on excipient selection for inhaled formulations, and 1 new monograph for Silicon Dioxide, hydrated. Hydrophobic Colloidal Silica has been renamed Silicon Dioxide, Hydrophobic; and Colloidal Silicon Dioxide has been renamed Silicon Dioxide, Anhydrous. The British Pharmacopoeia, European Pharmacopoeia, and USP-NF information have been globally updated.

New Chapter: Formulation Considerations for Orally Inhaled Dosage Forms.

New Monograph: Silicon Dioxide, hydrated.

Revised monographs: Aliphatic Polyesters; Ammonium Phosphate; Ammonium Sulfate; Benzethonium Chloride; Benzoic Acid; Butylated Hydroxyanisole; Butyl Stearate; Butylated Hydroxytoluene; Calcium Chloride; Calcium Hydroxide; Calcium Silicate; Castor Oil, Hydrogenated; Cetyl Alcohol; Copovidone; Croscarmellose Sodium; Cyclomethicone; Ethylene Glycol Vinyl Alcohol Copolymer; Hexetidine; Hydroxyethyl Cellulose; Hypromellose; Hypromellose Acetate Succinate; Hypromellose Phthalate; Inulin; Isopropyl Alcohol; Linoleic Acid; Lysine Hydrochloride; Maleic Acid; Maltodextrin; Maltol; Monoethanolamine; Palm Kernel Oil; Petrolatum; Polyethylene Oxide; Polyvinyl Alcohol; Potassium Benzoate; Shellac; Sodium Ascorbate; Sodium Carbonate; Sodium Sulfite; Sorbitol; Sunflower Oil; Suppository Bases, Hard Fat; Titanium Dioxide; Zinc Oxide.

12 May
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Stockley’s Interactions Checker May 2020 Update

New and updated interactions now available

For May, 330 new interactions have been added, and 322 existing interactions have been updated.

12 May
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Stockley’s Drug Interactions May 2020 update

Stockley’s Drug Interactions update with new and revised monographs.

This update contains 3 new monographs and 12 revised monographs. The monographs on tetrabenazine have been fully revised and updated, and the related drugs, deutetrabenazine and valbenazine have been added.


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

12 May
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AHFS May 2020 Update

This update contains 5 new monographs, 38 revised monographs, 1 discontinued monograph and 3 new MedWatch alerts.

New monographs: Isatuximab-irfc; Rimegepant; Bempedoic Acid; Eptinezumab-jjmr; Cenobamate.

Revised monographs: Sirolimus; Montelukast; Lopinavir and Ritonavir; Nitric Oxide; Pregabalin; Lacosamide; Tocilizumab; Lorcaserin; Sarilumab; Patisiran; Mogamulizumab-kpkc; Doravirine; Doravirine, Lamivudine, and Tenofovir Disoproxil; Inotersen; Moxetumomab Pasudotox-tdfk; Baloxavir; Cladribine; Indomethacin; Ibuprofen; Orphenadrine; Chloroquine; Hydroxychloroquine; Chlorzoxazone; Phytonadione; MethylPREDNISolone; Captopril; Corticosteroids General Statement; Miotics General Statement; Diflunisal; CloZAPine; Cladribine; Gabapentin; Dalteparin; Topiramate; Valsartan; Azithromycin; Zanamivir; Oseltamivir.

Discontinued monographs: Ambenonium.

New MedWatch alerts on the following monographs: Montelukast; Lorcaserin; CloZAPine.

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