NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Area Drug and Therapeutics Committee
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Amiodarone and dronedarone: monitoring

Posted: May 15, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Dronedarone

Amiodarone is an effective anti-arrhythmic, but it is associated with significant adverse effects: thyroid toxicity, hepatotoxicity and pulmonary toxicity. SIGN have provided clear guidance on amiodarone use and monitoring to minimise drug rela...

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Novel psychoactive substances: acute and chronic harms

Posted: May 15, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update

Novel Psychoactive Treatment UK Network (NEPTUNE) was developed to improve clinical practice in the management of harms resulting from the use of club drugs and novel psychoactive substances. It is aimed at clinicians working in a range of fron...

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Hydroxyzine and heart rhythm abnormalities

Posted: May 15, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - MHRA Drug Safety Update

The MHRA have updated prescribing advice for this antihistamine following concerns of heart rhythm abnormalities. A European review concluded that hydroxyzine is associated with a small risk of QT interval prolongation and Torsade de Pointes. S...

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Temazepam prescribing change 01/06/15

Posted: May 15, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Benzodiazepines Formulary Prescribing

For many years, temazepam has been in the anomalous position where although a schedule 3 Controlled Drug (CD), it has been exempt from the prescription writing requirements that apply to all other schedule 2 and 3 CDs. The Home Office has recen...

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New WOSCAN protocols (April 2015)

Posted: May 14, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update Oncology

New WOSCAN protocols available.

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Chlorphenamine liquid 2mg/5ml, Piriton syrup Shortages

Posted: May 12, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update

Prescribers are advised that there is a supply problem with chlorphenamine 2mg/5ml liquid and branded Piriton® liquid. Manufacturers are currently unable to confirm when this issue will be resolved. Supply of chlorphenamine 4mg tablets is u...

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Medicines Update Primary Care Supplement- No.2 (April 2015)

Posted: May 05, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update Primary Care
Tagged with - Prescribing Indicators

To view this bulletin in PDF format please click here

This bulletin contains information on ;

  • Prescribing Indicators 2015- 2016
  • Prescribing Measures 2015-2016

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Formulary Update (April 2015)

Posted: April 24, 2015.
Category - Formulary Update

ADTC met on 20th April 2015. This blog entry contains all the Formulary decisions from that meeting

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Adverse Events with Controlled Drugs

Posted: April 23, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Opioids

The Controlled Drugs Accountable Officers’ (CDAO) Network (Scotland) has recently published a repor...

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Safety Alert: Drugs with Similar Names

Posted: April 23, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Medication incidents

Rsreeach has swohn that as lnog as the fsrit and lsat lteter of a wrod is in the crorcet pcale tehn the wrod can be raed whuoitt a pbelorm.   There are several examples of errors which have happened because drugs have sim...

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