New Dental Prescribing App launched

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The Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) has launched an app for use on iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch® based on the second edition of their Drug Prescribing for Dentistry guidance.

The app aims to facilitate drug prescribing within primary care dental practice by providing mobile access to the latest dentally relevant information compiled from the British National Formulary (BNF) and BNF for Children (BNFC).

The app provides

  • Advice on the management of a range of dental conditions presented in an easy to use, problem-oriented style
  • Drug regimens displayed in a ‘prescription-like’ format to aid prescribing for both adults and children
  • Direct links to the BNF website for information on drug interactions
  • Advice on the management of medical emergencies, including drug administration.

The app is aimed at practitioners in the primary care sector and the prescribing guidance applies to all patients, including adults, children and those with special needs, who would normally be treated in this sector.

The app is available to purchase from the App Store SM.  New editions of the BNF and BNFC wil be reviewed and  any necessary changes to drug prescribing  will be provided as a free update for at least two years.

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Derek Richards is a specialist in dental public health, Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Dentistry and Specialist Advisor to the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) Development Team. A former editor of the Evidence-Based Dentistry Journal and chief blogger for the Dental Elf website until December 2023. Derek has been involved with a wide range of evidence-based initiatives both nationally and internationally since 1994. Derek retired from the NHS in 2019 remaining as a part-time senior lecturer at Dundee Dental School until the end of 2023.

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