England

New BNF & BNFC App launches for UK NHS Professionals

A new BNF & BNFC App is now available to download. Containing the latest content from both the BNF and BNF for Children (BNFC), the app provides access to practical, evidence-based medicines information whenever – and wherever – it is needed.

The App is aimed at prescribers, pharmacists, and other health and social care professionals in the UK who need accurate, up-to-date information about the use of medicines. It features the same content structure as the BNF print and web editions and has been purpose-built for iOS and Android platforms.

The App’s predictive searching is fast and intuitive, the BNF drug monographs make dosage and prescribing information immediately accessible, and the arrangement of information into sections on Drugs, Treatment summaries, Interactions, Medical devices, Borderline substances and Wound care makes it easy to navigate. The App includes a robust interactions checker that makes identifying potentially serious issues between combinations of drugs quick and simple.

The App lets users search and retrieve BNF content without a connection to the internet. Its clinical content is updated every month, so users can be sure they are basing their decisions on the latest information available.

BNF Director, Karen Baxter comments:

"The new BNF & BNFC App has been designed to be responsive, interactive and very easy to access, saving clinicians valuable time. We have had great initial feedback from our test group on its intuitive design and ease of use.  This new digital format adds to the range of ways health professionals can access BNF content and we are delighted to be able to share it with you."

Key facts:
•    The App is designed for non-commercial users and can be downloaded by prescribers, pharmacists and health and social care professionals in the UK from the App Store and Google Play
•    The BNF is the renowned resource for the drug management of common diseases. It provides up-to-date guidance on prescribing, dispensing and administering medicines, with special reference to their uses, cautions, contraindications, side-effects and dosage. The BNFC provides the same information with a paediatric focus
•    The new app will replace the NICE BNF app. To begin with, both apps will be available in order to allow users time to download and familiarise themselves with the new BNF & BNFC App. Both apps will continue to be updated monthly with BNF content, so you can be confident they contain the latest information. It is expected that the NICE BNF App will be retired in the next few months and updates to this version of the App will cease. Although the NICE BNF App will include a banner to remind you of this nearer the time, we would encourage users to make the transition as early as possible.
•    The BNF is used in 129 countries throughout the world
•    Online BNF Publications content was viewed more than 6.5 million times in the past year
•    In the last year there were more than 5.3 million uses of the NICE BNF and BNFC apps

Please see the website at www.bnf.org/products/apps for more information and a list of FAQs.

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