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

Latest News & Postscripts

Reviewing the need for urinary incontinence medications

Posted: February 06, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Prescribing Formulary

Urinary incontinence is common; SIGN estimates that 5-9% of the Scottish population have significant problems with urinary continence. There should be a trial of lifestyle interventions and pelvic floor exercise training or blad...

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Relvar Ellipta packaging changes

Posted: February 06, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Respiratory

We noted in May that fluticasone furoate and vilanterol (Relvar Ellipta®) had been added to the Read More...

Palliative Care: Scottish Guidelines Updated

Posted: February 06, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Palliative Care

New Scottish Palliative Care guidelines have been published which replace the previous GGC guidelines. Booklets are being printed for clinical areas and these a...

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NOAC Prescribing in Patients with Non-Valvular Atrial Fibrillation: Frequently Asked Questions

Posted: February 05, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Dabigatran Anticoagulants

As previously reported the NHSGGC guideline for Atrial Fibrillation (AF) treatment now includes the option to use a Novel Oral Anticoagulant (NOAC) for anticoagulation. The NOACs all have slightly different properties and the best choic...

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Medicines Update Primary Care - January 2015

Posted: January 23, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update Primary Care
Tagged with - Prescribing

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This bulletin contains information on:

  • Gabapentin and Pregabalin - Prescribing Trends and Potential for Misuse
  • Priadel 200mg shortage
  • MHRA warning about Valproate and risk of abnormal pregnancy outcomes
  • Synonyms Update

 

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Diabetes: updated NHSGGC guidelines

Posted: January 22, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Diabetes

The NHSGGC guidelines for the management of diabetes have recently been updated and are now available on

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National antibiotic prescribing targets achieved

Posted: January 16, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update Acute
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing

National antibiotic prescribing targets achieved     The Scottish Antibiotic Prescribing Group (SAPG) set the following targets for all Scottish healthboards: ≥ 95% of patients should have their an...

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Lithium (Priadel 200mg Tablets): Stock Shortage

Posted: January 16, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Mental Health

Sanofi, the manufacturers of Priadel tablets, have issued notice that there is a supply problem with Priadel 200mg Tablets and have given no indication of when this will be resolved. The Priadel 400mg Tablets and Priadel Liquid preparations are...

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Oral Diclofenac: prescription only medicine from 15th January 2015

Posted: January 14, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - NSAIDs

Tablets containing diclofenac will be available only as a Prescription Only Medicine (POM) from 15th January 2015. Topical formulations (gels, creams) containing diclofenac will continue to be available without a prescription. F...

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Medicines Update Primary Care - December 2014

Posted: December 18, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update Primary Care
Tagged with - Respiratory Mental Health Dietetics Formulary Prescribing

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This bulletin contains information on:

  • Holiday addictions services
  • Unscheduled Care
  • Scottish Patient Safety Programme - Pharmacy in Primary Care Collaborative
  • Agomelatine
  • Colobreathe®
  • Haloperidol Supply Problem
  • New Oral and Enteral Nutrition Formularies

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