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Medicines Update November 2014

Posted: November 10, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update

The latest edition in PDF format can be found here.   You can read each article as a separate posting: Monitoring medicine...

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Monitoring medicines usage in hospitals

Posted: November 10, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Formulary Prescribing

For many years comparisons of prescribing data across GP Practices have helped to drive change and improve practice. The Hospital Medicines Utilisation Database (HMUD) offers opportunities to compare usage between Heath Boards and may provide s...

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Anti-epileptic drug prescribing

Posted: November 10, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Prescribing

The MHRA issued advice in November 2013 on the appropriateness of generic prescribing of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) and when a patient should stay...

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Mindful prescribing

Posted: November 10, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Prescribing

The use of multiple medications is appropriate if ongoing assessment determines that all medicines remain appropriate. Polypharmacy is the use of more medicines than are clinically indicated, representing unnecessary or potentially harmful drug...

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Drug safety update: Nitrofurantoin

Posted: November 10, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing

The MHRA has published their updated advice as we intimated in

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Kids’ corner: Yellow cards for children

Posted: November 10, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Paediatrics

The MHRA have changed their guidelines for reporting suspected adverse drug reactions (ADRs) in children and adolescents under 18 ...

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European Antibiotic Awareness Day

Posted: November 10, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Prescribing Indicators Antimicrobial Prescribing

18th November is European Antibiotic Awareness Day. This highlights the global increasing problem of antimicrobial resistance. The Department of Health published a strategy last year which aims to slow down the development and s...

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Oxycodone safety

Posted: November 10, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Opioids Palliative Care Cancer Medication incidents Formulary Prescribing

The Controlled Drugs Accountable Officers’ Network for Scotland has published an updated on safe use of

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October Formulary Updates: Eye Section and Recent Decisions

Posted: November 10, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - SMC Eye Cancer

Adult Formulary: Eye section update This part of the Formulary has recently been reviewed with input from specialists in acute and primary care. All sections have been reviewed, with some major changes to the format for section 11.8.1...

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MUE 01: Parkinson's disease in acute

Posted: October 31, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update Extra

 Parkinson's disease in acute care

  • It is CRUCIAL NOT TO STOP Parkinson’s Disease (PD) drugs for any significant length of time as there is a risk of Neuroleptic Malignant Like Syndrome (Parkinsonism Hyperpyrexia Syndrome) which may be fatal, as well as causing significant exacerbation of symptoms and patient distress.
  • Where a patient does not have an individual supply of medicine, access should be made via the pharmacy/ Out of hours pharmacist/ local main holding areas of PD medications across NHSGGC. See Staffnet - clinical guideline electronic resource directory, Central Nervous System, search for Parkinson's Disease Medication Stocklist, Acute Hospitals
  • “NIL BY MOUTH” patients-alternative routes need to be considered as appropriate. Seek advice from a PD specialist, clinical pharmacist, or medicines information. Refer to NHSGGC PD nil by mouth guidance when PD specialists are unavailable e.g. out of hours
  • Ensure early referral to the local PD team so medicine administration problems can be prevented before missed doses occur.

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