BNF for Children 2011-2012 (British National Formulary for by Pharmaceutical Press

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Presents crucial sensible details to all healthcare pros keen on the prescribing, dishing out, tracking and management of medications to little ones. details within the BNFC has been tested opposed to rising proof, top perform instructions and recommendation from a community of scientific specialists. The textual content is released less than the authority of a Pediatric Formulary Committee.

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The child may be cared for in a hospice or at home according to the needs of the child and the child’s family. In all cases, children should receive total care of their physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs, and their families should be supported throughout. In particular, specialist palliative care is essential for end-of-life care of the child and for supporting the family through death and bereavement. pain. The dose should be adjusted with careful assessment of the pain, and the use of adjuvant analgesics (such as NSAIDs) should also be considered.

Prevention of adverse reactions Adverse reactions may be prevented as follows: . never use any drug unless there is a good indication. If the patient is pregnant do not use a drug unless the need for it is imperative; Adverse reactions to drugs . g. cytotoxic drugs and drugs used in anaesthesia). Where causality has not been established, side-effects in the manufacturers’ literature may be omitted from the BNF for Children. 13 14 Prescribing in hepatic impairment BNFC 2011–2012 Prescribing in hepatic impairment Prescribing in hepatic impairment Children have a large reserve of hepatic metabolic capacity and modification of the choice and dosage of drugs is usually unnecessary even in apparently severe liver disease.

Prescriptions to be supplied by a pharmacist in hospital are exempt from the requirement for private prescriptions. Prescribing Controlled Drugs Department of Health guidance Guidance (June 2006) issued by the Department of Health in England on prescribing and dispensing of Controlled Drugs requires: . in general, prescriptions for Controlled Drugs in Schedules 2, 3, and 4 to be limited to a supply of up to 30 days’ treatment; exceptionally, to cover a justifiable clinical need and after consideration of any risk, a prescription can be issued for a longer period, but the reasons for the decision should be recorded on the patient’s notes; .

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