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

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PPIs and Clostridium Difficile (July 2014)

Posted: July 07, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update

Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is one of the important healthcare associated infection in Scottish hospitals. It is life-threatening (reported mortality rate 10 - 30%) and has the potential for person to person spread ...

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Drug induced photosensitivity (July 2014)

Posted: July 07, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update

At this time of year, with improving weather and the peak holiday period, the incidence of reactions to sun increase. Some medicines cause particular problems. Dr Paula E Beattie, Consultant Dermatologist at the Royal Hos...

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ADTC decisions and other updates

Posted: July 07, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update

  ADTC decisions are here including: The following medicines were added to the Adult Total F...

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PostScript 82 PDF (July 2014)

Posted: July 07, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update

This edition can be accessed in PDF format here and contains articles on:   Dual Antiplatelet Therapy Safety Update: Do...

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PostScript Primary Care - June 2014

Posted: June 26, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update Primary Care
Tagged with - Antiplatelets Prescribing

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This bulletin contains information on:

  • Tramadol
  • Gluten-Free food service
  • Domperidone
  • Dual Antiplatelet Therapy
  • Patient Group Directions

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Formulary News (June 2014)

Posted: June 16, 2014.
Category - Formulary Update

Greater Glasgow and Clyde Area Drug and Therapeutics Committee (ADTC) met on 9th June. The Formulary decisions from that meeting are summarised in this post

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24: Oral NSAIDs

Posted: June 13, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update Extra

 Oral NSAIDs - An Update

** This bulletin supersedes No. 22 **

  • There is considerable variation in individual response and tolerance to NSAIDs, but little difference in anti-inflammatory activity.
  • All NSAIDs should be avoided if possible in patients with a history of vascular disease, a high risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), or gastrointestinal (GI) risk factors.
  • Treatment choice depends on individual response, risk factors and adverse effects, particularly GI and cardiovascular (CV) complications.
  • The lowest effective dose to control the patient’s symptoms, for the shortest duration possible, should be used.
  • The preferred non-selective NSAIDs are low dose ibuprofen or naproxen. A proton pump inhibitor (PPI) is required depending on GI risk.

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PostScript Community Pharmacy June 2014

Posted: June 11, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update Community Pharmacy

The latest edition is available here. Articles cover the following topics: NHS Healthcare provision to Police Custody Suites...

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PostScript Acute 17 (June 2014)

Posted: May 27, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update Acute
Tagged with - Biologics Dabigatran Osteoporosis Antimicrobial Prescribing Anticoagulants Medication incidents gentamicin

In this issue:

  • Pharmacy prioritisation and referral
  • Novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs) in atrial fibrillation: Update
  • TNF alpha inhibitors: risk of tuberculosis
  • Guideline news
  • Learning from incidents: warfarin follow-up post-discharge
  • Gentamicin prescription chart: updated version
  • Reminder: how to safely prescribe weekly alendronic acid

Information included is specific to the use of medicines in the adult setting.

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PostScript Primary Care - May 2014

Posted: May 13, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update Primary Care
Tagged with - Opioids Benzodiazepines Anticoagulants Methotrexate Parkinson's disease

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This bulletin contains information on:

  • Low Dose Naltrexone
  • New oral anticoagulants
  • Chronic non-malignant pain opioid guidelines - updated
  • Reducing prescribing of hypnotics and anxiolytics
  • Methotrexate and trimethoprim interaction
  • Depression treatment guideline
  • Vitamin B12 Injections

 

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