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

Latest News & Postscripts

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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MUE 05: DOAC Prescribing

Posted: February 20, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update Extra
Tagged with - Anticoagulants DOACS

 DOAC Prescribing in Patients with Non-Valvular AF and for the Treatment and Prevention of VTE

** This bulletin supersedes “NOAC Prescribing in Patients with Non-Valvular Atrial Fibrillation, Frequently Asked Questions, Feb 2015” **

The FAQ includes:

  • Questions relating to indications/appropriateness of DOACs
  • Questions relating to choice of DOAC & dose
  • Questions relating to DOAC initiation
  • Further information and advice
  • Decision making algorithms

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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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Morphine injection: care required

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

NHSGGC Acute services have highlighted potential for error between morphine 10mg/ml and 1mg/ml injections. This could be at various different stages of use such as ordering, issue, receipt, recording and administration.   <...

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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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