web version of the British National Formulary has been prepared by VHN
under licence from the publishers of the BNF, the British Medical Association
and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. It contains the same information
as the printed handbook.
BNF is intended mainly for doctors, pharmacists and nurses in the National
Health Service. It is designed as a rapid-reference digest and provides
up-to-date guidance on the selection, prescribing, dispensing and administration
BNF details all the medicines that are generally prescribed in the UK,
with special reference to their indications, cautions, contra-indications,
side-effects, dosage and relative costs.
Compiled with the advice
of clinical experts, the BNF provides authoritative and practical information
on the selection and clinical use of medicines. It reflects current
best practice as well as legal and professional guidelines relating
to the use of medicines.
Its contents are presented
in a clear, concise and accessible manner, and navigation round the
site has been designed to be as swift and simple as possible.
The British Medical
Association, the Department of Health and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society
of Great Britain nominate the doctors and pharmacists on the Committee
who are responsible for the BNF's content.
paper-based publication is updated every six months (March and September);
VHN’s web version will be released shortly thereafter.