NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Area Drug and Therapeutics Committee
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Latest News & Postscripts

Novel Oral Anticoagulants (NOACs): update

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

  Inclusion of the NOACs (dabigatran, rivaroxaban, apixaban) on the NHSGGC Formulary is established for existing patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) who are intolerant of, or poor...

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New oral therapies for Multiple Sclerosis

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

It is exciting times in the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) with the approval of two new oral therapies for the treatment of the relapsing remitting form of the disease; dimethyl fumarate and teriflunomide. There has bee...

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Tramadol and changes to Controlled Drug Legislation

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

Tramadol to be a Schedule 3 Controlled Drug The Home Office has announced changes to CD classification for a number of drugs which should be implemented from 10th June ...

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Safety updates: Nitrofurantoin, contraceptives

Posted: May 05, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing Medication incidents

Nitrofurantoin in renal impairment The MHRA has intimated plans to amend the contraindication against use of nitrofurantoin in renal impairment from CrCl <60 mL/min to eGFR &l...

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Kid's corner: Specials

Posted: May 05, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update

Kid’s Corner: Specials Specials may be required if a particular preparation is required but not available; for example a liquid for an unusual dose, or to overcome swallowin...

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Fluticasone furoate and vilanterol (Relvar Ellipta®)

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

Fluticasone furoate and vilanterol (Relvar Ellipta®) This product has been launched for both COPD and asthma, although SMC advice has been issued for COPD only at this stage. A ...

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Guidelines Update

Posted: May 05, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update

Corrected NHSGGC guideline on management...

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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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