NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Area Drug and Therapeutics Committee
Greater Glasgow and Clyde Medicines

Latest News & Postscripts

New WOSCAN protocols (August 2016)

Posted: August 16, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update Oncology

The following West of Scotland Cancer Network (WOSCAN) protocols have been prepared in response to national guidance and are now available on the WOSCAN intranet site (NHS network access required): Bevacizumab in combination with paclit...

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Antibiotic Prescribing in Acute: Key Messages

Posted: August 04, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update Acute

Duration of antibiotic therapy is poorly recorded and IV to oral switch (IVOST) is delayed Duration of intravenous (IV) antibiotic therapy is increasing across NHSGGC and recording of antibiotic duration is poor (between 53% and ...

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Public knowledge about antibiotics

Posted: August 03, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing

A recent systematic review on antimicrobial resistance published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy looked at the public’s knowledge and beliefs ab...

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Medicine Shortages

Posted: August 03, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Shortages

Shortages and discontinuations of medicines is an ongoing issue. The picture can change very quickly and different levels of stockholding in different pharmacies can mean one pharmacy reporting a shortage, while others may have sufficient stock...

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Safety: Buprenorphine patches

Posted: August 03, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Opioids Medication incidents

Brands are not all interchageable   Several brands of buprenorphine patches are available and these are not all interchangeable. We have previously reported a

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Patient education: Blood glucose monitoring

Posted: August 03, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Diabetes

Self monitoring of blood glucose is necessary for patients treated with insulin or other medication with a high risk of hypoglycaemia. The NHSGGC Blood Glucos...

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Reducing risk of stroke in AF

Posted: August 03, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Anticoagulants

Stroke prevention: a work in progress Three quarters of GP practices in NHSGGC have been successfully running GRASP-AF software since June 2014. This tool aims to help improve the management and care of patients with AF by assisting i...

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Medicines Update Primary Care July 2016

Posted: July 21, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update Primary Care
Tagged with - SIGN MHRA Drug Safety Update valproate Shortages

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This bulletin contains information on :

  • Zika Virus : Update
  • Warfarin and Miconazole: MHRA Warning
  • Valproate Abnormal Pregnancy: New Resources
  • Valsartan: Shortage
  • Creon® (pancreatin) 40,000 :Shortage
  • Sign 148: Patient Information on Acute Coronary Syndrome

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Vaccines in Immunosuppressed Patients

Posted: July 19, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Vaccines

The MHRA Drug Safety Update published in April 2016 reminds healthcare professionals of the risks of administering liv...

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Guideline News July 2016

Posted: July 13, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update Acute
Tagged with - Guidelines Update

NHSGGC Guidelines now available on StaffNet Synergistic gentamicin for endocarditis Warfarin reversal in hip fracture   Updated guidelines - The following guidelines have been updated ...

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