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08 Oct
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BNFC October 2018 update

This update contains 5 significant changes, 1 dose change and 2 new preparations.

Significant Changes: 

  • Side-effects and their further information sections have been reviewed against the current product literature and terms used to define these have been standardised across all drug monographs for this update.
  • Dinutuximab beta for treating neuroblastoma [NICE guidance].
  • Ear, Ear infections, antibacterial therapy: updated guidance on management of otitis media.
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding: updated guidance on management.
  • Nusinersen (Spinraza®): reports of communicating hydrocephalus not related to meningitis or bleeding [MHRA/CHM advice].

Dose Changes:

  • Rufinamide [update to age range for use in children and dosing information for use with valproate].

New Preparations: Qarziba® [dinutuximab beta]; Xgeva® [denosumab] (BNFC only).   

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

14 Sep
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BNFC September 2018 update

This update contains 5 significant changes, 3 new preparations and 6 dose changes.

Significant Changes:

  • Darunavir boosted with cobicistat (darunavir with cobicistat, emtricitabine and tenofovir alafenamide): avoid use in pregnancy due to risk of treatment failure and maternal-to-child transmission of HIV-1 [MHRA/CHM advice].
  • Eltrombopag (Revolade®): reports of interference with bilirubin and creatinine test results [MHRA/CHM advice].
  • Parenteral amphotericin B: reminder of risk of potentially fatal adverse reaction if formulations confused [MHRA/CHM advice].
  • Pressurised metered dose inhalers (pMDI): risk of airway obstruction from aspiration of loose objects [MHRA/CHM advice], see Respiratory system, drug delivery.
  • Venous thromboembolism: updated guidance on prophylaxis.Dose Changes:
  • Adenosine [dose clarification for neonate and children under 12 years for termination of supraventricular tachycardias and diagnosis of supraventricular arrhythmias].
  • Anakinra [dosing in severe renal impairment].
  • Budenofalk® [deletion of dosing information for collagenous colitis and update on advice on reducing dose following treatment in Crohn’s disease].
  • Hexetidine [update to age-range for use in children].
  • Hydroxocobalamin [frequency of maintenance dosing for macrocytic anaemia without neurological involvement].
  • Raltegravir [directions for administration for granules for oral suspension deleted as available packs may contain conflicting advice; see individual packs for instructions for reconstitution]. 

New Preparations: Sprycel® [dasatinib], Kineret® [anakinra], Ivemend® [fosaprepitant]

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

14 Aug
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BNFC August 2018 update

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

Significant Changes:

  • Diabetic complications: updated guidance.
  • Dolutegravir (Tivicay®, Triumeq®, Juluca®): signal of increased risk of neural tube defects; do not prescribe to women seeking to become pregnant; exclude pregnancy before initiation and advise use of effective contraception [MHRA/CHM advice].
  • Dyslipidaemias: updated guidance on familial hypercholesterolaemia.
  • Oropharyngeal infections, antibacterial therapy: updated guidance on sore throat (acute).
  • Vaccines: updated guidance for Meningococcal group B vaccines.

Dose Changes:

  • Canakinumab.
  • Haloperidol.
  • Mometasone furoate [prophylaxis and treatment of seasonal allergic or perennial rhinitis—age range extended].
  • Vancomycin [deletion of the statement recommending the use of ideal body-weight to calculate intravenous doses in obese patients].

New Preparations:

  • Firazyr® [icatibant].
  • Zemplar® [paricalcitol].

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

10 Jul
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BNFC July 2018 update

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

Significant changes:

  • Daclizumab (Zinbryta®) — marketing authorisation withdrawn for safety reasons.
  • Tivicay® (dolutegravir), Triumeq® (dolutegravir, abacavir, lamivudine), Juluca® (dolutegravir, rilpivirine): neural tube defects reported in infants born to women exposed to dolutegravir at the time of conception [MHRA/CHM advice].

Dose changes:

  • Amitriptyline hydrochloride [dose for depression deleted].
  • Ganciclovir.
  • Macrogol 3350 with potassium chloride, sodium bicarbonate and sodium chloride.
  • Vancomycin.

New Preparations: Mylotarg® [gemtuzumab ozogamicin], Simponi® [golimumab], Spiriva Respimat® [tiotropium], Trospium chloride, Valcyte® [valganciclovir].

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

11 Jun
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BNFC June 2018 update

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

Significant Changes: 

 

Asthma, chronic: updated guidance on management.

Immunoglobulins: updated guidance for Varicella-zoster immunoglobulin.

Quinine: clarification of parenteral dose for the treatment of malaria [dose reduction necessary if parenteral treatment is required for more than 48 hours].

Vaccines: updated guidance for Hepatitis A Vaccine.Vaccines for travel: updated guidance on Hepatitis A. 

 

Dose Changes: Co-codamol [doses for children aged 12 to 15 years].

Elvitegravir with cobicistat, emtricitabine and tenofovir alafenamide [age-range extension].

Raltegravir [dose for oral suspension—new dose for neonates and update to dose for child with body-weight 3kg; update to directions for administration for oral suspension].  

 

New Preparations: 

 

Hemlibra® [emicizumab], RoActemra® preparations [tocilizumab], Truvada®[emtricitabine with tenofovir disoproxil], Yervoy® [ipilimumab].

 

For further details on changes in the BNFC click on changes

14 May
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BNFC May 2018 Update

This update contains 5 significant changes, 7 new preparations and 6 dose changes.

Significant Changes:

  • Cystic fibrosis: updated guidance.
  • Noradrenaline/norepinephrine 0.08 mg/mL (4 mg in 50 mL) solution for infusion association with potential risk of medication errors.
  • Skin infections: head lice eradication products: risk of serious burns if treated hair is exposed to open flames or other sources of ignition [MHRA/CHM advice].
  • Terbinafine: clarification of hepatic monitoring advice.
  • Valproic acid and sodium valproate: valproate medicines contraindicated in women and girls of childbearing potential unless conditions of Pregnancy Prevention Programme are met [MHRA/CHM advice].

Dose Changes:

  • Abatacept [update to dosing advice].
  • Levonorgestrel [update to effective duration for Levosert® intra-uterine device].
  • Levonorgestrel [update to timing for emergency contraception].
  • Lopinavir with ritonavir [update to age-range — now licensed from 14 days].
  • Sodium nitrite.
  • Sodium thiosulfate.

New Preparations: Cetraxal® [ciprofloxacin ear drops], Chenodeoxycholic acid [chenodeoxycholic acid capsules], Cubicin® [daptomycin], Harvoni® [ledipasvir with sofosbuvir], Kyleena® [levonorgestrel intrauterine device], Sovaldi® [sofosbuvir], Tasigna® [nilotinib].

For further details on changes in the BNFC click on changes

 

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