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

Latest News & Postscripts

Ketamine

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

On Monday 30th November 2015, ketamine will become a schedule 2 Controlled Drug. The change was introduced on the advice of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs following increasing evidence o...

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Controlled Drugs: Private Requisition Forms

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

From Monday 30th November, new legislation governing the paperwork to be used for stock orders for schedule 2 or 3 CDs in the community is coming into force. We have been advised that there is no change to the existing arrang...

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Mirabegron and severe hypertension

Posted: November 16, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - MHRA Drug Safety Update

Following reports of severe hypertension including hypertensive crisis associated with cerebrovascular and cardiac events, the

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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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