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Drug Safety Updates: bisphosphonates, trametinib and idelalisib

Posted: March 22, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update Oncology

The MHRA

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Valproate and risk of abnormal pregnancy outcomes: new communication materials

Posted: March 14, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - pregnancy valproate

Valproate and risk of abnormal pregnancy outcomes: new communication materials In January 2015, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) published

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Therapeutics Handbook for Adults: Update March 2016

Posted: March 14, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update Acute
Tagged with - Therapeutic Handbook

Since August 2015 the content of the Therapeutics Handbook has only been available online via the GGC Medicines website and the App.  This allows greater flexibility to update guidelines during the year rather than at one point in time for...

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Acne, Rosacea: Long Term Antibiotic Use

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

Long term antibiotics remain the mainstay of treatment for moderate to severe acne. Given increasing concern about appropriate long term use of antibiotics, the Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group have produced

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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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