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New edition of BNF brings ‘fundamental change’


I feel I speak for myself & many of my hospital colleagues (both pharmacy colleagues & the wider multidisciplinary team) when I say the new look BNF is awful & the complete opposite of user-friendly. A large number of us prefer to have a paper copy nearby for easy access on the wards, in clinics & inevitably when all computers are being used by other members of the team at busy times. The fact that it is now broken down into clinical conditions & body systems being treated, rather than the old section & drug numbering system is ridiculously time-consuming. The old way worked beautifully, particularly as most of us pharmacists would have memorised each section in our sleep ready for our registration exam e.g. 5.1.1 penicillins instead of leafing through the vast "bacterial infection" section desperately trying to find the correct monograph in a hurry. Publishing the 2015-2016 editions with such a high proportion of errors was such an embarrassment for those of us on the receiving end. After distributing them throughout the Trust then 2 days later recalling them only to be told we would have to amend the hard copies in-house with non-existent support from the publishers was infuriating. I for one have lost a significant amount of confidence in the BNF brand & the information contained within it & constantly find myself referring back to the 2014-2015 BNFc to confirm dosing information. A huge let-down all round.

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13 FEB 2016

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