The New Zealand Formulary for children
In November 2013, the New Zealand Formulary for Children (NZFC) was released. This is a New Zealand adaptation of the British National Formulary for Children.
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The New Zealand Formulary for children is now available
The NZFC is available from: www.nzfchildren.org.nz or from
the pink tab on the NZF home page.
- Easily navigated, with searchable medicines information specifically for children
- Indications and doses reflect current New Zealand practice, with expert advice from New Zealand Paediatricians
- Adapted from the British National Formulary for Children, incorporating PHARMAC and Medsafe information
- Additional information from reputable sources on drug interactions, drugs in pregnancy, breastfeeding
- Updated monthly and freely available to all healthcare professionals within New Zealand
- Feedback welcomed via feedback tab
Prescribing notes for children
- Each section begins with prescribing notes followed by relevant drug monographs and preparations. Drugs are classified
in a section according to their pharmacology and therapeutic use. Information can be found using the search NZFC tab.
- Prescribing notes are divided into 15 chapters, each of which is related to a particular system of the body or
to an aspect of medical care
Monographs & more
- Drug monographs are summaries of the important practical information about individual drugs
- More information can be revealed by clicking or hovering the cursor over some sections of the text, e.g. interactions,
pregnancy and breast feeding
- Clicking on the sign at the bottom of the drug monograph shows
products available, funding information, links to medicines data sheets and
consumer medicines information
- Interactions in the NZF and NZFC are provided by Stockley’s interaction alerts which are derived from the full
Stockley’s drug interactions database. This gives health care professionals a quick way to check for potential interactions
and management advice in a clinical setting.