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

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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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Compassionate Use of Medicines - NHSGGC Guidance Notes

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

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have recently established formal compassionate access programmes that allow early access to a small number of unlicensed medicines for serious me...

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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 - Formulary Prescribing

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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