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

Latest News & Postscripts

Why Update GGC Medicines App?

Posted: March 09, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

Why you should always accept updates for the GGC Medicines App.


Formulary Update (Feb 2017)

Posted: February 27, 2017.
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) and uses a nationally developed format specifically aimed for patients and the public.

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.


Therapeutics Handbook: Infection Section Changes February 2017

Posted: February 22, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update Acute

Immunocompromised Patients with fever

If neutropenic (or if not neutropenic but the source of infection is unknown) treat as per the Initial Management of Neutropenic Sepsis in Adults Guidelines.

If not neutropenic and the source of...


Direct Oral Anticoagulants

Posted: February 21, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Dabigatran Anticoagulants

A new Medicines Update Extra bulletin has been published regarding the use of direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs). This replaces the previous ‘New...


Smoking Cessation: NRT Brand

Posted: February 21, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Smoking Cessation

Following a national tendering process, the preferred brand of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) for Smokefree services will be Nicotinell®.  From 1st March 2017, please start any new NRT clients on products from the Nicoti...


Infections: self management and prevention

Posted: February 21, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Respiratory Antimicrobial Prescribing

Patients need to understand that they should avoid unnecessary antibiotic use as bacterial resistance can affect them personally with inability to treat infections.  Healthcare professionals can educate otherwise healthy patients on the ex...


Diabetes MCN

Posted: February 21, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Diabetes

the Diabetes MCN Key Messages for January 2017 are available here and contain information on:   Scot...


MUE 05: DOAC Prescribing

Posted: February 20, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update Extra
Tagged with - Anticoagulants DOACS

 DOAC Prescribing in Patients with Non-Valvular AF and for the Treatment and Prevention of VTE

** This bulletin supersedes “NOAC Prescribing in Patients with Non-Valvular Atrial Fibrillation, Frequently Asked Questions, Feb 2015” **

The FAQ includes:

  • Questions relating to indications/appropriateness of DOACs
  • Questions relating to choice of DOAC & dose
  • Questions relating to DOAC initiation
  • Further information and advice
  • Decision making algorithms


Medicines Update Primary Care February 2017

Posted: February 15, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update Primary Care
Tagged with - Parkinson's disease Formulary MHRA Drug Safety Update Guidelines Update Shortages

To view this bulletin in PDF format please click here

This bulletin contains information on:

  • Vitamin D Guideline : Prevention and Treatment of Deficiency in Adults
  • Prostap 3DCS®
  • MHRA Warning:DMAA in Sports Supplements
  • Tegretol ® Suppositories
  • Disulfiram Shortage
  • Move to Prescribing Ipinnia XL®


Pharmacy First Inverclyde

Posted: February 15, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update Community Pharmacy

Patient leaflets for the Pharmacy First Inverclyde Service are available here. The poster can be found