Neonatal Formulary bridges a gap between a standard formulary (stating doses, indications, etc.) and a standard neonatal textbook by expanding information about the conditions ...
bridges a gap between a standard formulary (stating doses, indications, etc.) and a standard neonatal textbook by expanding information about the conditions for which each drug is used. Much of drug use during pregnancy, lactation, and in neonates and young infants is ‘off license’ (i.e. using licensed drugs but for an indication that is outside the licensed use—in many cases simply because the studies and the licensing application did not include data about neonatal use). The book offers information to allow practitioners to make informed choices whether to use such a drug or not by presenting data from published studies to support such a use. Part 1 concentrates on drug prescribing and drug administration, presenting general information on drug storage, drug licensing, and drug prescribing. It also explains to the reader why the metabolism of drugs differs in premature and sick infants and why the practice of extrapolating doses from adult studies is wrong. Patient safety, excipients, and therapies that affect drug metabolism (such as therapeutic hypothermia) are also covered. Part 2 consists of drug monographs for over 250 drugs that may find use in the neonatal population but which nonetheless may also find use outside the neonatal unit. Each monograph is divided into sections covering use, pharmacology, treatment, drug interactions, or other administration information, supply, and administration, and references. The monographs also contain links to Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews and national guidelines supported by bodies such as the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence or the Royal Colleges. Part 3 contains brief notes on a range of additional drugs and groups of drugs that are often taken by mothers during pregnancy, labour, or during breast feeding where effects on either the fetus or infant can be seen. This information will help to provide safe and effective prescribing of drugs to all mothers and their babies.Less