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

Latest News & Postscripts

Clozapine induced constipation

Posted: November 29, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Mental Health

How serious is clozapine induced constipation? The short answer is potentially fatal. Constipation is an acknowledged side effect of clozapine but patients are reluctant to report it. Indeed there is some suggestion that the impact of clozapine...

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Medicines Update Primary Care November 2016

Posted: November 15, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update Primary Care
Tagged with - Mental Health Wounds Formulary

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This bulletin contains information on:

  • Formulary: Quetiapine MR Removed
  • Vaginal Gel and Pessaries: Shellfish Allergy
  • Prescription for Exercise: Live Active Referral Update
  • Glasgow Dental Hospital: Prescribing and Supply of Medicines
  • Foam and Silicone Dressings

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Varenicline for Smoking Cessation

Posted: November 10, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Smoking Cessation

Varenicline has been added to the NHSGGC Formulary Preferred List, along with nicotine replacement therapy (NRT).

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Wound dressings

Posted: November 10, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Wounds

The Therapeutic subgroup of ADTC have issued some prescribing reminders for those working in primary care. The full document can be accessed

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Amiodarone and dronedarone

Posted: November 10, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Dronedarone

Amiodarone and dronedarone are both included in the NHSGGC Total Formulary restricted to specialist initiation.  ...

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Antibiotic Awareness

Posted: October 26, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing

The 2016 European Antibiotic Awareness Day falls on 18th November. More information on how to be an antibiotic guardian can be found at http://antibioticguardian.com/  

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Creatinine Clearance Calculator

Posted: October 26, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update

The NHSGGC Creatinine Clearance Calculator for adult patients is now available for desktop users here under the “other links” secti...

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Formulary Update (Oct 2016)

Posted: October 17, 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, including any restrictions on prescribing, please see the relevant entry in the GGC Formulary.

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Medicines Update Primary Care October 2016

Posted: October 13, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update Primary Care
Tagged with - Respiratory Smoking Cessation Asthma Mental Health Guidelines Update Shortages

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This bulletin contains information on :

• Varenicline
• Dithranol Shortage
• How Serious is Clozapine Induced Constipation?
• Inhalers Potency Confusion
• Nadolol Shortage Reminder
• Omeprazole Update

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What antimicrobial guidance should I use?

Posted: September 19, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing

Current antimicrobial reference sources available for use by healthcare professionals in NHSGGC are:   The primary care GP Antibiotics app from the

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