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

Latest News & Postscripts

MHRA Updates July & August 2017

Posted: August 28, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

Drug Safety Update (August 2017) includes: Ibrutinib (Imbruvica ...

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Oral NSAIDs – What’s new?

Posted: August 25, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

The GGC Oral NSAID guideline has recently been updated. Ibuprofen and naproxen remain the NSAIDs of choice. The prescribing notes have been updated and include additional information on acute kidney injury and hepatic impairment.

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MUE 06: Oral NSAIDs - An Update

Posted: August 25, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update Extra

 

 Oral NSAIDs - An Update

** This bulletin supersedes PostScript Extra No. 24 **

  • There is considerable variation in individual response and tolerance to NSAIDs, but little difference in anti-inflammatory activity.
  • All NSAIDs should be avoided if possible in patients with a history of vascular disease, a high risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), or gastrointestinal (GI) risk factors.
  • Treatment choice depends on individual response, risk factors and adverse effects, particularly GI and cardiovascular (CV) complications.
  • The lowest effective dose to control the patient’s symptoms, for the shortest duration possible, should be used. The use of ‘as required’ NSAIDs should be considered where appropriate.
  • The preferred non-selective NSAIDs are ibuprofen or naproxen. A proton pump inhibitor (PPI) may be required depending on GI risk.


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Zomorph® - Preferred Brand Oral Morphine M/R in Adults

Posted: August 25, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

MST® is currently the most frequently prescribed brand of morphine sulphate modified release (M/R) across NHSGGC. From 01/09/2017 the preferred choice of solid morphine sulphate M/R across primary and secondary care will change to Zomorph® capsules. 

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VTE – Diagnosis, treatment and prevention

Posted: August 25, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

A site dedicated to the prevention,diagnosis and management of venous thromboembolism (VTE) has recently been introduced onto StaffNet.

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Patients should finish the course of antibiotics

Posted: August 25, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

Concerns have been raised regarding the opinion piece published in the BMJ regarding antibiotic courses. See response from Dr Andrew Seaton, Chairman of the Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group (SAPG).

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Medicines Update Primary Care August 2017

Posted: August 17, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update Primary Care
Tagged with - Wounds Formulary

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This bulletin contains information on:

  • Steroid Foam Enemas
  • Online Medical /Pharmacy Services and the Direct Supply of Medicines
  • Unallocated Prescriptions
  • Wound Product Formulary

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Guideline News Aug 2017

Posted: August 09, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

Guideline News Aug 2017

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New BNF and BNFC App Launched

Posted: August 09, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

The publishers of the BNF and BNF for Children (BNFC) have launched a new BNF/BNFC App which will replace the existing NICE BNF and BNFC Apps.

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Do I really need to prescribe an immediate antibiotic for lower respiratory tract infections?

Posted: July 28, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

A recent large observational UK general practice study of 28,883 patients with uncomplicated lower respiratory tract infection (RTI) (BMJ 2017; 357:j2148) supports other evidence that there is little to be gained from prescribing immediate anti...

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