BNF multivitamin preparations
Pamela Mason, PhD, MRPharmS, is a pharmaceutical writer with a special interest in nutrition
Vitamins capsules contain six vitamins
The multivitamin section in the current British National Formulary (section 9.6.7) contains just seven products compared with 23 in BNF 6 (1983). Vitamins were one of the categories affected by the introduction of a limited prescribing list in 1985 and fewer products were included on the “white list”.
Sejal Amin, staff editor on the BNF, comments: “The reason that only seven multivitamin preparations appear in the BNF is because they are not blacklisted and are commonly prescribed. There are many multivitamin preparations available over the counter, however the BNF does not include details of products sold OTC and promoted to the public.
“Moreover, the BNF takes the view that vitamin supplementation is rarely necessary and that, in deficiency, a specific vitamin can be prescribed as needed but attention should probably focus on diet.”
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Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 10002281
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