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Tiotropium for asthma

Posted: November 16, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Respiratory

Tiotropium has been added to the Adult Total Formulary as add on treatment in adult asthmatic patients at step 4 with poorly controlled asthma (at least one course of oral steroids for a severe exacerbation in the last year) who have persistent...

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European Antibiotic Awareness Day: 18th November

Posted: November 09, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing

  The World Health Organization estimates that antibiotics treatments add an average of 20 years to all of our lives. But in the 80 years since the discovery of penicillin, our overuse of antibiotics has lead to the emergence of un...

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Linezolid

Posted: November 09, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing

  This antibiotic is included on the Formulary restricted to hospital-based use on the advice of a microbiologist or infectious disease physician. Prolonged use (>2 weeks) should usually be avoided. There may be exceptional circ...

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High strength insulins

Posted: November 09, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Diabetes

Insulin glargine 300 units/ml (Toujeo®) for the treatment of type 1 or type 2 diabetes mellitus in adults is not included in the GGC Adult Formulary as clinicians do not support inclusion.   There are significant c...

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Magnesium Replacement Therapy

Posted: November 09, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update

Magnesium aspartate dihydrate sachets (Magnaspartate®) have been added to the GGC Adult Formulary for the treatment and prevention of magnesium deficiency, as diagnosed by a doctor. This is the first licensed oral ...

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MUE 03: Management of Urinary Incontinence and Overactive Bladder

Posted: November 09, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update Extra

 Management of Urinary Incontinence and Overactive Bladder

  • Lifestyle interventions and non-pharmacological strategies should be tried as first-line treatment.
  • If pharmacological therapy is indicated, antimuscarinics should be tried first line.
  • Immediate release (IR) oxybutynin, IR and modified release (MR) tolterodine and solifenacin are on the Preferred List of the Formulary.
  • IR oxybutynin and IR tolterodine are significantly less expensive than other preparations on the Formulary, however, they may have less tolerability.
  • MR tolterodine has similar efficacy and tolerability to solifenacin but is significantly less expensive, therefore, consider prescribing MR tolterodine prior to solifenacin.
  • Patients should be reviewed 4 weeks after starting each new therapy and after a dose change.
  • Patients on long term therapy should be reviewed annually or every 6 months if over 75 years.

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Medicines Update Primary Care October 2015

Posted: October 29, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update Primary Care
Tagged with - Paracetamol Flu Vaccines Paediatrics Corticosteroids

To view this bulletin in PDF format please click here

This bulletin contains information on:

  • Nebuliser -associated Supplies in Primary Care
  • Education on Chronic Pain
  • Flu, Pneumococcal and Shingles Vaccines
  • New Strength Prednisolone Preparations
  • Prophylactic Paracetamol following Meningococcal  Group B Vaccine

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Community Pharmacy Update October 2015

Posted: October 23, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update Community Pharmacy

The latest edition can be read here. It contains information on: Blood Borne Virus Testing Drug Related Deaths Glut...

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Prescribing for yourself, friends or family

Posted: October 23, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Prescribing

The professional bodies linked to medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and nursing and midwifery have all issued standards or guidance on prescribing. They all recommend that practitioners should not prescribe for themselves or anyone with whom they ...

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Yellow Card Roadshow

Posted: October 20, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update

Yellow Card Centre Scotland: Centre for Adverse Reactions to Drugs Scotland (CARDS)   Yellow Card – 50 Years and Counting – What next in its evolution?

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