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Antibiotics: Public Understanding

Posted: March 11, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing

As part of the European Antibiotic Awareness Day, the Glasgow North East Prescribing Team ran a stall in Easterhouse Shopping Centre with quizzes on appropriate antibiotic use. The intention was to gauge public knowledge and awareness around ap...

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Formulary Update (February 2016)

Posted: February 29, 2016.
Category - Formulary Update

This post summarises the latest NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde decisions relating to new medicines considered by the Area Drug and Therapeutics Committee (ADTC).  The new format, which is aimed at the public and patients is currently being piloted.

For full details of the medicines included in this post that are available for use, please see the relevant entry in the GGC Formulary.

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Bisphosphonates and ear canal osteonecrosis

Posted: February 25, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Osteoporosis

There is a well established link between osteonecrosis of the jaw and bisphosphonates. 

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Zika virus

Posted: February 25, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update

There is an ongoing outbreak of Zika virus infections in South and Central America and the Caribbean with increasing evidence that infection in pregnancy may be associated with fetal microcephaly and other central nervous system abnormalities. ...

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Prostatitis antibiotic course length

Posted: February 25, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing

Acute bacterial prostatitis is a serious infection with fever and intense local pain.

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Apixaban: DOAC of choice for Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)/Pulmonary Embolism (PE)

Posted: February 18, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update Acute

Apixaban: DOAC of choice for Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)/Pulmonary Embolism (PE)NHSGGC guidance recommends either a DOAC (Direct Oral Anti...

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Prescribing from outpatient settings

Posted: February 12, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Prescribing

The Area Drug & Therapeutics Committee has approved an updated policy on the supply of medici...

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Prostate cancer: recent advances

Posted: February 12, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Cancer

In recent months there have been significant developments in the treatment in advanced prostate cancer.  Most prostate cancers depend on androgens, principally testosterone, for growth and survival. In metastatic disease, first line treatm...

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UTI prophylaxis in men

Posted: February 12, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing

One of the current areas of focus in antimicrobial management is appropriate long term use of antibiotics. The Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribi...

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Mercaptopurine: safe prescribing

Posted: February 12, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Medication incidents

Mercaptopurine is an oral immunosuppressant used in the management of Crohn’s disease at doses ranging from 1 - 1.5mg/kg daily for adults (although some patients may respond to lower doses).  Higher doses are required when mercaptopu...

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