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

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Medicines Update Primary Care April 2015

Posted: April 22, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update Primary Care
Tagged with - Unlicensed Medicines Mental Health Specials

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This bulletin contains information on :

  • Neuropathic Pain
  • Creon® 40,000
  • Rantidine 5mg/5ml
  • Omeprazole Oral Solution
  • Clomipramine MR discontinuation
  • New MHRA E Learning on Corticosteroids

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MUE 02: Drug induced QT prolongation

Posted: April 22, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update Extra

   Drug induced QT prolongation

** This bulletin supersedes PostScript Extra No. 21 **

  • Prolongation of the QT interval can lead to a life threatening arrhythmia known as torsades de pointes
  • In the last few years a number of warnings have highlighted the risk of QT prolongation with citalopram, domperidone and ondansetron
  • Extra vigilance is required by healthcare professionals to be alert to the risk of drug induced QT prolongation and drug interactions

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Guideline News

Posted: April 21, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update Acute
Tagged with - Guidelines Update

Guideline News GGC Guidelines now available on StaffNet

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Clomipramine MR Discontinuation

Posted: April 10, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Mental Health

Novartis is discontinuing the production of Anafranil MR tablets. This discontinuation is due to the manufacturing plant closure and the lack of a suitable alternative site with the ability to produce the medicine to the same specification.&nbs...

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Creon 40 000 Unavailable

Posted: April 10, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update

The manufacturer of Creon® (pancreatin) has advised that patients currently prescribed the 40 000 strength are likely to have difficulty obtaining it from mid April 2015. There is no indication when it will be available again.  ...

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Gabapentin and pregabalin: risk of misuse:

Posted: April 10, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Prescribing

Public Health England recently published “Advice for prescribers on the risk of the misuse of&...

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New Standardised Supplementary Prescription Charts

Posted: April 10, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update Acute
Tagged with - Prescribing

New Standardised Supplementary Prescription Charts (Acute)   Background   A supplementary prescription chart is one which ...

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Community Pharmacy Update March 2015

Posted: April 02, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update Community Pharmacy

The latest edition contains information on   Congratulations for local community pharmacy award winners Stock Shortages Medicines Management LES Gluten Free Food Service Inhale...

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Medicines Update Primary Care Supplement- No.1 (March 2015)

Posted: April 02, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update Primary Care
Tagged with - Unlicensed Medicines Specials

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This bulletin contains information on:

  • prescribing specials
  • GGC process for authorising specials
  • selecting specials on EMIS/InPS

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Levofloxacin Monotherapy in Severe Community Acquired Pneumonia (Penicillin Allergic)

Posted: April 02, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update Acute
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing

Levofloxacin Monotherapy in Severe Community Acquired Pneumonia (Penicillin Allergic) Levofloxacin is a broad spectrum fluroquinolone antibiotic. It has recently been introduced to NHSGGC Empirical Antibiotic Prescribin...

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