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

Latest News & Postscripts

Smoking Cessation: NRT Brand

Posted: February 21, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Smoking Cessation

Following a national tendering process, the preferred brand of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) for Smokefree services will be Nicotinell®.  From 1st March 2017, please start any new NRT clients on products from the Nicoti...

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Infections: self management and prevention

Posted: February 21, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Respiratory Antimicrobial Prescribing

Patients need to understand that they should avoid unnecessary antibiotic use as bacterial resistance can affect them personally with inability to treat infections.  Healthcare professionals can educate otherwise healthy patients on the ex...

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Diabetes MCN

Posted: February 21, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Diabetes

the Diabetes MCN Key Messages for January 2017 are available here and contain information on:   Scot...

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Medicines Update Primary Care February 2017

Posted: February 15, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update Primary Care
Tagged with - Parkinson's disease Formulary MHRA Drug Safety Update Guidelines Update Shortages

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This bulletin contains information on:

  • Vitamin D Guideline : Prevention and Treatment of Deficiency in Adults
  • Prostap 3DCS®
  • MHRA Warning:DMAA in Sports Supplements
  • Tegretol ® Suppositories
  • Disulfiram Shortage
  • Move to Prescribing Ipinnia XL®

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Pharmacy First Inverclyde

Posted: February 15, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update Community Pharmacy

Patient leaflets for the Pharmacy First Inverclyde Service are available here. The poster can be found

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Fewer antibiotics being prescribed

Posted: February 02, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing

Fewer antibiotics being prescribed in Scotland Figures to the end of 2015 show that antibiotic prescribing in Scotland is still reducing. Around 30% of the Scottish population had at least...

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Changes to availability of Tegretol® suppositories

Posted: February 02, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

Tegretol Suppositories (125 mg & 250 mg) are being discontinued. All other formulations of Tegretol remain available.  “Carbamazepine Essential Pharma 125 mg & 250 mg Suppositories”, are now ava...

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Antibiotic Prescribing in Acute: Key Messages February 2017

Posted: January 31, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update Acute
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing

Missed doses of antibiotics leads to a reduced concentration in the blood with subsequent reduced efficacy. This not only adversely impacts the patient response but also promotes emergence of resistance. A missed...

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Medicines Update Primary Care January 2017

Posted: January 25, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update Primary Care

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This bulletin contains information on :

  • Primary Care Adult Infection Management Guidance - November 2016 Update
  • Glyceryl Trinitrate 400mcg Pack Size
  • Seasonal Influenza Use of Antivirals
  • Seasonal Influenza Patient Advice
  • Nystan Dosage Change
  • Move to Prescribing of Stanek®

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Disulfiram shortage

Posted: January 23, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Specials Shortages

Disulfiram is used as an adjunct in the treatment of chronic alcohol dependence. There is a current shortage of disulfiram 200mg tablets and further stocks are not expected until October 2017.   NHSGGC has patients being pr...

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