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Publication Updates

12 Jan
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BNF for Children January 2021 Update

This update contains 7 significant changes, 1 dose change, 3 new monographs, 3 new preparations and 2 deleted monographs.

Significant Changes:
• Antibacterials, use for prophylaxis: updated guidance for the prevention of secondary Haemophilus influenzae type b disease.

• Darunavir with cobicistat (Rezolsta®) in combination with other antiretroviral medicinal products for the treatment of human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1) infection in adults and adolescents (aged 12 years and older with body weight at least 40 kg) [AWMSG guidance].

• Eye: updated guidance for expiration of eye preparations.

• Ferric carboxymaltose (Ferinject®▼): risk of symptomatic hypophosphataemia leading to osteomalacia and fractures [MHRA/CHM advice].

• Interactions: drugs that cause myelosuppression: pharmacodynamic effects drug group revalidated and updated.

• National funding decisions: advice from NICE, SMC, and AWMSG now briefly referenced in relevant monographs—funding body website should be accessed for full details; see Guidance on prescribing.

• Vaccination, general principles: updated guidance.

Dose Change:
• Sodium feredetate [update to dosing for iron-deficiency anaemia (prophylactic)].

New Monographs:
Otigo® [phenazone with lidocaine].

Rezolsta® [darunavir with cobicistat].

Tybost® [cobicistat].

New Preparations: Lecicarbon A® [sodium acid phosphate with sodium bicarbonate]; Lecicarbon C® [sodium acid phosphate with sodium bicarbonate]; Symbicort® 100 micrograms/3 micrograms per actuation pressurised inhalation [budesonide with formoterol].

Deleted Monographs: Sodium stibogluconate; Ticarcillin with clavulanic acid.

For further details on changes in the BNFC click on
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08 Dec
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BNF for Children December 2020 Update

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

Significant Changes:

  • Dolutegravir (Tivicay®▼, Triumeq®▼, Juluca®▼): updated advice on increased risk of neural tube defects [MHRA/CHM advice].
  • Flucytosine (Ancotil®): new contraindication in patients with DPD deficiency [MHRA/CHM advice].
  • Haemophilus influenzae type B conjugate vaccine: updated guidance in-line with Public Health England recommendations.
  • Hepatitis A vaccine: updated guidance in-line with Public Health England recommendations.
  • Immunoglobulins: updated guidance in-line with Public Health England recommendations for the use of normal immunoglobulin for protection against hepatitis A infection.
  • Introduction of a new symbol to indicate manufacturer information: the symbol M (manufacturer information) will be used within text to indicate when recommendations are based on summaries of product characteristics; see How BNF Publications are constructed.
  • Skin infections, antibacterial therapy: new guidance for the management of insect bites and stings.
  • Warfarin sodium: monitoring of patients during the COVID-19 pandemic [MHRA/CHM advice].

Dose Change:

  • Subgam® (normal immunoglobulin) [update to dosing for hepatitis A prophylaxis].

New Monograph:

  • Atectura Breezhaler® [indacaterol with mometasone furoate].

Deleted Monographs: Fenticonazole nitrate; Interferon alfa; Nedocromil sodium.

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

10 Nov
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BNF for Children November 2020 Update

This update contains 10 significant changes, 2 dose changes and 2 new monographs.

Significant Changes:

  • Bedaquiline in combination regimen for multiple-drug resistant pulmonary tuberculosis [AWMSG guidance].
  • Cannabidiol with clobazam for therapy of seizures associated with Dravet syndrome [SMC guidance].
  • Cannabidiol with clobazam for therapy of seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome [SMC guidance].
  • Fentanyl transdermal patches for non-cancer pain: do not use in opioid-naive patients [MHRA/CHM advice].
  • Immunoglobulins: updated guidance on the use of varicella-zoster immunoglobulin in-line with Public Health England recommendations.
  • Insulins (all types): risk of cutaneous amyloidosis at injection site [MHRA/CHM advice] (advice in biphasic insulin aspart, biphasic insulin lispro, biphasic isophane insulin, insulin, insulin aspart, insulin degludec, insulin detemir, insulin glargine, insulin glulisine, insulin lispro, isophane insulin; see example in insulin).
  • Methotrexate once-weekly for autoimmune diseases: new measures to reduce risk of fatal overdose due to inadvertent daily instead of weekly dosing [MHRA/CHM advice].
  • Opioids: risk of dependence and addiction [MHRA/CHM advice] (advice in alfentanil, buprenorphine, co-codamol, codeine phosphate, co-phenotrope, diamorphine hydrochloride, dihydrocodeine tartrate, fentanyl, hydromorphone hydrochloride, methadone hydrochloride, morphine, oxycodone hydrochloride, pethidine hydrochloride, remifentanil, tapentadol, tramadol hydrochloride; see example in morphine).
  • Poisoning, emergency treatment: updated guidance on the management of paracetamol poisoning in-line with TOXBASE recommendations.
  • Varicella-zoster vaccine: updated guidance in-line with Public Health England recommendations.

Dose Changes:

  • Glycopyrronium bromide [oral dosing in children updated].
  • Mercaptamine [update to dosing for nephropathic cystinosis].

New Monographs:

  • Kaftrio® [tezacaftor with ivacaftor and elexacaftor].
  • Sirturo® [bedaquiline].

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

13 Oct
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BNF for Children October 2020 Update

This update contains 19 significant changes, 6 dose changes, 1 new monograph and 1 new preparation.

Significant Changes: 

  • Amisulpride: Clozapine and other antipsychotics: monitoring blood concentrations for toxicity [MHRA/CHM advice].
  • Aripiprazole: Clozapine and other antipsychotics: monitoring blood concentrations for toxicity [MHRA/CHM advice].
  • Belimumab as add-on therapy for active, autoantibody-positive systemic lupus erythematosus with a high degree of disease activity despite standard therapy [AWMSG guidance].
  • Bisacodyl: Stimulant laxatives (bisacodyl, senna and sennosides, sodium picosulfate) available over-the-counter: new measures to support safe use [MHRA/CHM advice].
  • Clozapine: Clozapine and other antipsychotics: monitoring blood concentrations for toxicity [MHRA/CHM advice].
  • Entrectinib for treating NTRK fusion-positive solid tumours [NICE guidance].
  • Hydroxycarbamide for the prevention of vaso-occlusive complications of sickle-cell disease in patients over 2 years of age [AWMSG guidance].
  • Hydroxycarbamide for the prevention of vaso-occlusive complications of sickle-cell disease in patients over 2 years of age [SMC guidance].
  • Immunisation schedule: updated National flu immunisation programme in-line with Public Health England recommendations.
  • Influenza: updated guidance on management.
  • Influenza vaccine: updated guidance in-line with Public Health England recommendations.
  • Isotretinoin (Roaccutane®▼): reminder of important risks and precautions [MHRA/CHM advice].
  • Olanzapine: Clozapine and other antipsychotics: monitoring blood concentrations for toxicity [MHRA/CHM advice].
  • Quetiapine: Clozapine and other antipsychotics: monitoring blood concentrations for toxicity [MHRA/CHM advice].
  • Risperidone: Clozapine and other antipsychotics: monitoring blood concentrations for toxicity [MHRA/CHM advice].
  • Senna: Stimulant laxatives (bisacodyl, senna and sennosides, sodium picosulfate) available over-the-counter: new measures to support safe use [MHRA/CHM advice].
  • Sodium picosulfate: Stimulant laxatives (bisacodyl, senna and sennosides, sodium picosulfate) available over-the-counter: new measures to support safe use [MHRA/CHM advice].
  • Sulpiride: Clozapine and other antipsychotics: monitoring blood concentrations for toxicity [MHRA/CHM advice].
  • Tick-borne encephalitis vaccine: updated guidance in-line with Public Health England recommendations.

Dose Changes:

  • Benlysta® (belimumab) [dosing in children added].
  • Gaviscon infant® (alginic acid) [update to dosing for management of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease].
  • Influenza vaccine [update to dosing for immunisation].
  • Isotretinoin [indication updated].
  • Oseltamivir [update to dosing for treatment and prevention of influenza].
  • Zanamivir [update to dosing for treatment of influenza].

New Monograph:

  • Rozlytrek® [entrectinib].

New Preparation: Trecondi® [treosulfan].

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

 

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

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