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

Latest News & Postscripts

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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Medicines Update Primary Care February 2016

Posted: February 11, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update Primary Care
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing Medication incidents Medicines reconciliation Prescribing MHRA Drug Safety Update Guidelines Update

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This bulletin contains information on:

  • Longterm Antimicrobial Prescribing
  • Primary Care Infection Management Guidelines
  • Mercaptopurine Dosing Error Risk
  • Blood Glucose Testing Strips Storage and Hygiene

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Community Pharmacy Update February 2016

Posted: February 11, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update Community Pharmacy

The latest edition of the Update Community Pharmacy bulletin can be found here. It contains information on: Healthy St...

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Medicines Update Primary Care January 2016

Posted: January 20, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update Primary Care

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This bulletin contains information on :

  • Insulin Shortage MCN Guidance
  • BNF and BNF for Children (BNFC) Errors
  • Minor Ailment Service Formulary Review 2015
  • Discontinuation of Ditropan 2.5mg/5ml Solution
  • Polypharmacy GP Peer Learning Session Evaluation 2015-2016

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Guideline News January 2016

Posted: January 19, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update Acute

New and updated NHSGGC Guidelines now available on StaffNet

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Wound management products update

Posted: January 18, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Wounds Antimicrobial Prescribing

The updated Wound Management Formulary (December 2015) is now available. This provides not only a list of approved products for acute and primar...

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Genuair inhalers: potential safety issue

Posted: January 18, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Respiratory

Unlike many inhalers, the dose counter for Duaklir® (aclidinium/formoterol) and Eklira® (aclidinium) Genuair® products reduce in intervals of 10 inhalations: 60, 50, 40, 30, 20, 10, 0.   We have...

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Denosumab shared care for osteoporosis

Posted: January 18, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Osteoporosis

Denosumab 60mg/1mL is a second line drug used in the treatment of osteoporosis to reduce the risk of hip, vertebral and non-vertebral fractures. It is admi...

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Anticoagulants and dental procedures

Posted: January 18, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Dabigatran Anticoagulants Antiplatelets

Anticoagulants or antiplatelets for patients undergoing dental procedures New guidance on the Management of Dental Patients Taking Anticoagulants or Antiplatelet Drugs has been p...

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Ventmax and Pulvinal discontinued

Posted: January 18, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Respiratory Asthma

There are small numbers of patients using these products. Advice on switching is given below.   Ventmax® salbutamol tablets: Inhalation route preferred for salbutamol.

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