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About BNF 

The British Medical Association and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society collaborated on the publication of the BNF. It is published by a Joint Formulary Committee comprised of representatives from the two professional bodies, the UK Health Departments, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, and a national guideline producer. The Dental Advisory Group, which includes representatives from the British Dental Association and the UK Health Departments, oversees the preparation of advice on the drug management of dental and oral conditions. The Nurse Prescribers' Advisory Group, which includes representatives from various parts of the nursing community as well as UK Health Departments, provides advice on content relevant to nurses.

The BNF aims to provide up-to-date information on medicine use to prescribers, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals.

The BNF contains critical information on medicine selection, prescribing, dispensing, and administration. Medicines that are commonly prescribed in the UK are covered, and those that are deemed unsuitable for prescribing are clearly identified. On medicines promoted for public purchase, little or no information is provided.

Drug information is derived from the product literature of the manufacturers, medical and pharmaceutical literature, UK health departments, regulatory authorities, and professional bodies. Advice is derived from clinical literature and, to the greatest extent possible, reflects an evaluation of evidence from various sources. The BNF also considers authoritative national guidelines as well as emerging safety concerns. Furthermore, the editorial team receives advice on all therapeutic areas from expert clinicians, ensuring that the BNF's recommendations are practice-relevant.

The BNF is intended to be a digest for quick reference, and it may not always contain all of the information required for prescribing and dispensing. Furthermore, less detail is provided in areas such as obstetrics, malignant disease, and anaesthesia because it is assumed that those performing treatment will have specialist knowledge and access to specialist literature. Similarly, there is little or no information on medicines for extremely rare conditions. For more information on the use of medicines in children, consult the BNF for Children. The BNF should be interpreted in the context of professional knowledge and supplemented as needed with specialised publications and product literature. Medicines information services can also provide information; see Medicines Information Services.

When making clinical decisions, it is critical to use the most recent BNF information. The BNF print edition is updated twice a year, in March and September. Medicines Complete and the NHS Evidence portal provide monthly updates online. The most significant changes are listed under Changes; changes listed online are cumulative (from one print edition to the next) and can be printed off each month as an aide memoire for those who use print copies.


  • Guidance on Prescribing 
  • Prescription writing 
  • Emergency supply of medicines 
  • Controlled drugs and drug dependence 
  • Adverse reactions to drugs 
  • Guidance on intravenous infusions 
  • Medicines optimisation 
  • Antimicrobial stewardship 
  • Prescribing for children 
  • Prescribing in hepatic impairment 
  • Prescribing in renal impairment 
  • Prescribing in pregnancy 
  • Prescribing in breast-feeding 
  • Prescribing in palliative care 
  • Prescribing for the elderly 
  • Drugs and sport 
  • Prescribing in dental practice 


  1. Gastro-intestinal system page 
  2. Cardiovascular system 
  3. Respiratory system 
  4. Nervous system 
  5. Infection 
  6. Endocrine system 
  7. Genito-urinary system 
  8. Immune system and malignant disease 
  9. Blood and nutrition 
  10. Musculoskeletal system 
  11. Eye 
  12. Ear, nose and oropharynx 
  13. Skin 
  14. Vaccines 
  15. Anaesthesia 
  16. Emergency treatment of poisoning 


Appendix 1 : Interactions 

Appendix 2 : Borderline substances 

Appendix 3 : Cautionary and advisory labels for dispensed medicines 

Appendix 4 : Wound management products and elasticated garments 

Dental Practitioners’ Formulary 

Nurse Prescribers’ Formulary 

Non-medical prescribing 

General Guidance on prescribing

Medicines should be prescribed only when they are necessary, and in all cases, the benefit of administering the medicine should be considered in relation to the risk involved. This is particularly important during pregnancy when the risk to both mother and fetus must be considered.

It is important to discuss treatment options carefully with the patient to ensure that the patient is content to take the medicine as prescribed. In particular, the patient should be helped to distinguish the adverse effects of prescribed drugs from the effects of the medical disorder. When the beneficial effects of the medicine are likely to be delayed, the patient should be advised of this.

For guidance on medicines optimization, see Medicines optimization p. 16.

Never Events Never events are serious and avoidable medical errors for which there should be preventative measures in place to stop their occurrence.

For never events related to single drugs or drug classes, BNF Publications contain information within the monographs, in the important safety information section.

Prescribing competency framework The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has published a Prescribing Competency Framework that includes a common set of competencies that form the basis for prescribing, regardless of professional background. The competencies have been developed to help healthcare professionals to be safe and effective prescribers, with the aim of supporting patients to get the best outcomes from their medicines.