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

Flu vaccine selection

Posted: December 19, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Flu

  There are a number of different flu vaccines approved for use within NHSGGC as detailed in the approved PGD. These include the Pfizer product (Enzira®), Sequiris have a product named Aggripal® and they jointly promote a p...

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Hand Hygiene

Posted: December 19, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing

The NES Healthcare Associated Infections team have launched a new Hand Hygiene whiteboard animation What’s Stopping You. The animation is less than 4 minutes and reinforce...

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Formulary Update (Dec 2016)

Posted: December 19, 2016.
Category - Formulary Update

This post summarises the latest NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde decisions relating to new medicines considered by the Area Drug and Therapeutics Committee (ADTC).  The new format, which is aimed at the public and patients is currently being piloted.

For full details of the medicines included in this post that are available for use, including any restrictions on prescribing, please see the relevant entry in the GGC Formulary.

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Insulin Insuman Shortage

Posted: December 02, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Diabetes

There is a supply shortage of all Insuman® Basal and Insuman® Comb25 products   High Risk Patients For some high risk patients (aged under 18 year or 70 years and over, pregnancy, allergies ...

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Medicines Update Primary Care December 2016

Posted: December 01, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update Primary Care
Tagged with - Opioids Flu Vaccines Mental Health Benzodiazepines NSAIDs MHRA Drug Safety Update

To view this bulletin in PDF format please click here

This bulletin contains information on :

  • Propranolol for Anxiety
  • Controlled Drug Instalments
  • Buprenorphine Patches
  • Etoricoxib MHRA Update
  • Brimonidine Gel MHRA Update
  • Fluoxetine 10mg Licensed Product
  • Vaccination Programme Residential Care Services 2016-2017

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Quetiapine MR non-Formulary

Posted: November 29, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Mental Health

Quetiapine modified release (MR) preparations are no longer included in the NHSGGC Adult Formulary due to the higher acquisition cost and lack of evidence of benefit over the immediate release (IR) preparation.   Quetiapine...

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Oxycodone Brand Prescribing

Posted: November 29, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Opioids

Increasing numbers of patient safety incidents involving oral oxycodone medicines have been reported to the Board CD Accountable Officer Teams across Scotland. One of the common errors is administration or prescribing of long acting instead of ...

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Clozapine induced constipation

Posted: November 29, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Mental Health

How serious is clozapine induced constipation? The short answer is potentially fatal. Constipation is an acknowledged side effect of clozapine but patients are reluctant to report it. Indeed there is some suggestion that the impact of clozapine...

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Medicines Update Primary Care November 2016

Posted: November 15, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update Primary Care
Tagged with - Mental Health Wounds Formulary

To view this bulletin in PDF format please click here.

This bulletin contains information on:

  • Formulary: Quetiapine MR Removed
  • Vaginal Gel and Pessaries: Shellfish Allergy
  • Prescription for Exercise: Live Active Referral Update
  • Glasgow Dental Hospital: Prescribing and Supply of Medicines
  • Foam and Silicone Dressings

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Varenicline for Smoking Cessation

Posted: November 10, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Smoking Cessation

Varenicline has been added to the NHSGGC Formulary Preferred List, along with nicotine replacement therapy (NRT).

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