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The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has developed this free app as a useful offline reference for the British National Formulary (BNF).

The NICE BNF app is currently only available to NHS staff in England, Scotland and Wales.

Aimed at pharmacists, doctors, nurses, social care professionals and other healthcare professionals who prescribe and administer medicines, the app provides easy offline access to-up-to-date practical information on prescribing, dispensing and administrating medicines.

To use the NICE BNF app for the first time and to activate any content updates, you will need to enter your NHS Athens user name and password.

Users in England can register for an NHS Athens account by selecting the Journal and Database section on NHS Evidence.

Users in Scotland can register for an NHS Athens account by visiting The Knowledge Network website and selecting the login option at the top of the homepage.

Users in Wales register for an NHS Athens account by visiting the NHS Wales e-Library for health website and selecting the Athens option on the homepage.

Social care staff who meet the NHS Athens eligibility criteria can also download and access the content.

Features include:

• Browse and search offline up-to-date content from the British National Formulary (BNF)
• Optimised for Android phones and tablets
• Auto-complete search with filters for chapters, monographs, interactions and preparations
• Update notifications when new editions or updates are available
• Content bookmarking
• Accessible reading features

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Recently changed in this version

Latest Changes
- Fixed issues with Bookmarks being deleted on updates
- Content updates inside the application

What's New in Version 3.0
- Athens authentication is now every 12 months
- Search on British Approved Names
- "What's New" homepage link
- New Branding
- Dynamic Landing Page to fill the screen
- Locking orientation in menus

Comments and ratings for NICE BNF
  • (58 stars)

    by Brijesh Gautama on 21/07/2014

    Search function only works when you enter a 1-3 letters otherwise it cannot find the monograph you are looking for. Also have to restart app to search for different drug monographs. Frustrating when you are trying to find an answer quickly.

  • (58 stars)

    by Minesh Mistry on 16/07/2014

    As a foundation doctor in the UK, one cannot survive without this app!

  • (58 stars)

    by Adam Figgins on 06/07/2014

    Used to work great on my nexus 4, but now when it tries to install the latest update it repeatedly says there's an error. Now I can't even get back to the home screen. Please fix it/provide a solution. Thanks!

  • (58 stars)

    by Vishal Garg on 02/07/2014

    The search function doesn't work on s4. If fixed this would be a 5 star rating.

  • (58 stars)

    by Lorraine Randall on 01/07/2014

    Please help, I love this app but the search option doesn't always work, and the menu's don't allow me to scroll down. Please fix.

  • (58 stars)

    by S Greeff on 23/06/2014

    Search no longer working on KitKat!

  • (58 stars)

    by Nathan Jenko on 09/06/2014

    Search does not work on Android 4.4. This essentially makes the app useless.

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