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Drug safety update: Nitrofurantoin

Posted: November 10, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing

The MHRA has published their updated advice as we intimated in


Kids’ corner: Yellow cards for children

Posted: November 10, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Paediatrics

The MHRA have changed their guidelines for reporting suspected adverse drug reactions (ADRs) in children and adolescents under 18 ...


European Antibiotic Awareness Day

Posted: November 10, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Prescribing Indicators Antimicrobial Prescribing

18th November is European Antibiotic Awareness Day. This highlights the global increasing problem of antimicrobial resistance. The Department of Health published a strategy last year which aims to slow down the development and s...


Oxycodone safety

Posted: November 10, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Opioids Palliative Care Cancer Medication incidents Formulary Prescribing

The Controlled Drugs Accountable Officers’ Network for Scotland has published an updated on safe use of


October Formulary Updates: Eye Section and Recent Decisions

Posted: November 10, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - SMC Eye Cancer

Adult Formulary: Eye section update This part of the Formulary has recently been reviewed with input from specialists in acute and primary care. All sections have been reviewed, with some major changes to the format for section 11.8.1...


MUE 01: Parkinson's disease in acute

Posted: October 31, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update Extra

 Parkinson's disease in acute care

  • It is CRUCIAL NOT TO STOP Parkinson’s Disease (PD) drugs for any significant length of time as there is a risk of Neuroleptic Malignant Like Syndrome (Parkinsonism Hyperpyrexia Syndrome) which may be fatal, as well as causing significant exacerbation of symptoms and patient distress.
  • Where a patient does not have an individual supply of medicine, access should be made via the pharmacy/ Out of hours pharmacist/ local main holding areas of PD medications across NHSGGC. See Staffnet - clinical guideline electronic resource directory, Central Nervous System, search for Parkinson's Disease Medication Stocklist, Acute Hospitals
  • “NIL BY MOUTH” patients-alternative routes need to be considered as appropriate. Seek advice from a PD specialist, clinical pharmacist, or medicines information. Refer to NHSGGC PD nil by mouth guidance when PD specialists are unavailable e.g. out of hours
  • Ensure early referral to the local PD team so medicine administration problems can be prevented before missed doses occur.


Community Pharmacy November 2014

Posted: October 30, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update Community Pharmacy

The latest edition of the Community Pharmacy Update is available here.   Articles include Scottish Patient Sa...


Formulary Update (Oct 2014)

Posted: October 27, 2014.
Category - Formulary Update

Greater Glasgow and Clyde Area Drug and Therapeutics Committee (ADTC) met on 20th October 2014. The Formulary decisions from that meeting are summarised in this post.


Medicines Update Primary Care - October 2014

Posted: October 15, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update Primary Care
Tagged with - Prescribing Indicators Antimicrobial Prescribing Eye Prescribing

To view this bulletin in PDF format click here.

This bulletin contains information on:

  • Antiepileptic Drugs
  • Epistatus®
  • Zerodouble® Gel
  • MHRA Nitrofurantoin Advice
  • Eye lid Products
  • Adrenaline Pen advice
  • Change to Yellow Card Reporting
  • Praziquantel
  • Antibiotic Awareness Day 2014


Guideline News (October 2014)

Posted: October 07, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update Acute

Guideline News GGC Guidelines now available on StaffNet