Prices in the British National Formulary (BNF)

The new BNF structure has now launched, with new updates to allow for a more seamless process for updating pricing information. Here is a breakdown of the changes to the new system:


For branded preparations, prices are derived from the NHS Dictionary of Medicines and Devices (DM+D). This policy has not changed in the move to the new BNF structure.


For branded preparations, the situation is the same described under Print, above.

In digital versions of the new BNF Publications there are no space constraints and so for generic preparations, prices for all available preparations are included. This has changed in the move to the new BNF structure – in the past, only a representative generic preparation was listed, as described under Print, above.

Drug Tariff

BNF Publications based on the new structure also list the Drug Tariff price, where available. This is an enhancement added to the new structure based on user feedback and is not included in BNF legacy products.


Legacy versions are due for retirement and therefore there is minimal support for non-clinical content (i.e. product information such as prices). The BNF advise that the new BNF Publications should be used in preference to the legacy BNF Publications, but this is particularly true when considering price, where the content will be more up-to-date.

What is the BNF?

The BNF provides prescribers, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals with independent up to-date information about the use of medicines and includes key information on the selection, prescribing, dispensing and administration of medicines.

Read the original article from the BNF here.

How to use the BNF.

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Published on 10. April 2017 in News EU