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

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Safe prescribing of corticosteroid eye drops

Posted: March 27, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Eye

Potential patient safety concerns were raised to East Dunbartonshire prescribing group relating to patients inadvertently continuing to use corticosteroid eye drops beyond the recommended duration. A local audit of patients after catara...

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Management of Staphylococcus aureus Bacteraemia (SAB) in NHSGG&C

Posted: March 18, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update Acute
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing

Management of Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia (SAB) in NHSGG&C

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Neuropathic Pain Guidelines Updated

Posted: March 09, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Guidelines Update

The updated NHSGGC Chronic Non-...

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Respiratory Inhalers - Identification Guide

Posted: March 06, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update Acute
Tagged with - Respiratory Asthma

In 2014, NHSGGC Acute spent approximately £1.5M on respiratory inhalers and a 'Respiratory Inhalers - Identification Guide' was developed to address issues such as wastage, incorrect prescribing and inappropriate supply. The guide contain...

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Controlled Drugs and Patients' Ability to Drive

Posted: March 06, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Benzodiazepines Opioids

The Department for Transport has introduced a new offence of driving with certain controlled drugs (CDs) above specified limits in the blood; this legislation<...

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Medicines Update Primary Care February 2015

Posted: February 27, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update Primary Care
Tagged with - Diabetes Vaccines Mental Health Benzodiazepines MHRA Drug Safety Update Guidelines Update

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This bulletin contains information on:

  • Drugs and driving - impaired ability to drive
  • Vaccination Programmes for patients in care homes
  • Yellow Card Scheme extended
  • ACWY Vax®
  • New Diabetes Guidelines
  • Nitrofurantoin Dosing and Preparation
  • Ivabradine Safety Update
  • Patient changing GP practice: deducting patients on a CMS prescription

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Sodium Oxybate (Xyrem): now schedule 2 CD

Posted: February 23, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update

On 7 January 2015, sodium oxybate (Xyrem®) was rescheduled as a Schedule 2 Controlled Drug (CD POM). It was previously a Schedule 4 Part 1 CD. This drug is licensed for the treatment of narcolepsy with cataplexy in adult patients, but was n...

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Opioid patches: safe conversion from oral therapy

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

Buprenorphine patches are available as BuTrans® and Transtec® patches. The Scottish Medicines Consortium concluded that buprenorphine patches were not cost-effective in the treatment of severe opioid responsive pain cond...

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Diabetes: HbA1c as a diagnostic test

Posted: February 23, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Diabetes

NHSGGC has adopted the WHO recommendation for the use of HbA1c as a diagnostic tool for diabetes. Guidance is included in the updated Read More...

ADTC update February 2015

Posted: February 23, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Respiratory

The additions to NHSGGC Formulary agreed at ADTC, 16 February 2015, included: Brimonidine gel (Mirvaso®) for the treatment of the erythema associated with rosacea. Brimonidine reduces erythema through direct cutaneous vasocon...

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