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

Latest News & Postscripts

Valsartan Supply Problem

Posted: May 05, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update

Valsartan Shortage There are currently supply problems with valsartan products.  Where a patient is unable to obtain their normal valsartan prescription, prescribers may need to consider switching patients to an alternative Angio...

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Clomipramine supply (PostScript 81, May 2014)

Posted: May 05, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Mental Health

Clomipramine is a tricyclic antidepressant most often used in the treatment of severe obsessional compulsive disorder (OCD). It is generally a second line option after SSRIs prove ineffective or are not tolerated. Consequently there is a small ...

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PostScript Community Pharmacy May 2014

Posted: May 01, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update Community Pharmacy

The latest edition of the community pharmacy bulletin can be found here.   Topics include:

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PostScript Primary Care - April 2014

Posted: April 16, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update Primary Care
Tagged with - Prescribing Indicators Prescribing

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This bulletin contains information on:

  • Valsartan Shortage
  • Drug Safety Advice
  • Patient Medication and Problem Linkage
  • CD Accountable Officer
  • Indicators for 2014/15

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PostScript Community Pharmacy April 2014

Posted: April 04, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update Community Pharmacy

The latest edition of the community pharmacy bulletin can be found here.  Articles cover the following topics: New Practitioner S...

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PostScript Acute 16 (Apr 2014)

Posted: April 04, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update Acute

In this issue:
  • Clozapine, depot antipsychotics and Medicines Reconciliation
  • Voriconazole safety message
  • Guideline News
  • Iron and antibiotics interaction
  • Learning from incidents: Gentamicin dose frequency errors

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

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PostScript Primary Care - March 2014

Posted: March 26, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update Primary Care
Tagged with - Osteoporosis Contraceptives Mental Health Prescribing

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This bulletin contains information on:

  • Clomipramine shortage
  • Combined oral contraceptives
  • Addison's Disease
  • Polypharmacy LES 2013/14 Final Submission
  • Vitamin D FAQ and Patient Information Leaflet
  • Strontium Ranelate Restriction
  • Searching for Drug Allergies or adverse reactions on EMIS
  • Changes to PostScript Alerts

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Voriconazole: prescribing safely (PostScript 80)

Posted: March 03, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing

Voriconazole is a broad spectrum, triazole antifungal agent indicated primarily in immunocompromised patients with progressive, possibly life-threatening infections, eg invasive aspergillosis. Treatment of candidaemia in non-neutropenic patient...

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Corticosteroids in palliative care (PostScript 80)

Posted: March 03, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Palliative Care

Prompted by regular requests for advice about use of steroids in palliative care patients in the community, an audit was undertaken to establish the care issues and whether there were any problems. Notes from 15 community based patients were re...

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Prescribing and addiction issues in prisons (PostScript 80)

Posted: March 03, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Prescribing

Dr Grace Campbell, Lead Clinician in Prison Health highlights some recurring issues which face doctors in that setting.   Healthcare within prisons was a non-NHS service organised by the Scottish Prison Service unt...

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