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New edition of “drugs bible” issued


The latest version of the treatment bible for health professionals, the British National Formulary (BNF), has been published.

Edition 58 contains new advice on choosing an anti-viral drug for pregnant women who have caught influenza and on the anti-bacterial treatment of clostridium difficile and hospital-acquired pneumonia.

It also includes the latest information on the management of acute and chronic asthma, nutrition, malfunctioning kidneys and tending to serious wounds.

The BNF is used around three million times a week by pharmacists, doctors, nurses and dentists seeking advice on the best treatment options for their patients.

John Martin, managing editor of BNF publications said: “Just as health professionals will not give their patients out-of-date medicines, neither should they rely on out-of-date information for prescribing medicines. Instead they should turn to the latest edition of BNF for clear, practical guidance on all aspects of drug therapy.”

Copyright Press Association 2009

British National Formulary

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