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SDCEP has released a new update to the third edition of its Drug Prescribing For Dentistry guidance, which was published in January 2016.

This update includes information on amendments to the latest edition of the British National Formulary (BNF 81), which was published in March 2021, and also incorporates information from the update previously issued in June 2017.

Changes to antibiotic prescribing are highlighted, including the preference for phenoxymethylpenicillin as the drug of first choice for dento-alveolar infections due to its narrower spectrum of activity. The circumstances in which it is appropriate to prescribe antimicrobials remain unchanged and local measures should still be used in the first instance.

The Dental Prescribing app has also been updated to reflect these changes. The app is available to download free on Google PlayTM or the App StoreSM.

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