British National Formulary

This 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.

The 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 of medicines. 

The 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.

The paper-based publication is updated every six months (March and September); VHN’s web version will be released shortly thereafter.
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