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

Latest News & Postscripts

Guideline News (February 2015)

Posted: February 20, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update Acute
Tagged with - NICE

Information below is specific to the use of medicines in the adult setting. New and Updated GGC Guidelines now available on StaffNet

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Community Pharmacy Update January / February 2015

Posted: February 17, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update Community Pharmacy
Tagged with - Asthma

The latest edition contains articles on: Disulfiram Private Prescriptions Specials’ Supplier Gluten Free Food Desiccant sachets Asthma LES Formulary Changes ...

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Valproate for epilepsy or bipolar disorder: Risk of abnormal pregnancy outcomes

Posted: February 06, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update

The MHRA has published new information and strengthened warnings related to safety of medicines related to valproate (sodium valproate, valproic acid and valproate semisodium).   Valproate is associated with a dose-dependen...

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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

To view this bulletin in PDF format click here.

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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