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BNF Books

Practical, evidence-based information for health professionals who prescribe, dispense, and administer medicines.

Since 1949 the British National Formulary (BNF) has been the UK’s most trusted and authoritative healthcare resource, helping to ensure the safe and effective use of medicines at the point of care.

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British National Formulary (BNF) is the first choice for concise medicines information. Trusted by health professionals across the world to support confident decision-making at the point of care. The updated BNF book is published twice a year, in March and September.

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BNF for Children

Covering neonates to adolescents, BNF for Children includes key clinical and pharmaceutical information specific to those age groups. BNF for Children in print is updated and published annually.

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BNF books detail all medicines that are generally prescribed in the UK, with information about:

Indications and dosages



Side effects

Medicinal products

Independent and with a rigorous, accredited content creation process

A rigorous editorial process ensures the content within BNF Publications is accurate, up-to-date and reflects recent best practice. It is overseen by the Joint Formulary Committee or Paediatric Formulary Committee. The Nurse Prescribers’ Formulary content is also incorporated within the BNF.

Create your own customised formulary

Powered by BNF, FormularyComplete allows you to create your own customised formulary, supporting you locally to make quick, clinically informed decisions.

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Access BNF content online, on the move and in print

BNF Online.

BNF and BNF for Children are available online through MedicinesComplete.

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The essential app for iOS and Android to access medicines information on-the-go.

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BNF Books.

Essential reference books published in updated book form twice a year.

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Licence BNF Data

BNF content is available for licensing through Pharmaceutical Press.