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Latest News & Postscripts

Melatonin Shared Care Update

Posted: August 31, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Paediatrics

The Shared Care Protocol for melatonin for use in children with sleep disturbance has been reviewed, with new products added and a change to how it will be prescribed in the community. The products listed are Bio-melatonin 3mg tablets, Circadin...

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Nadolol discontinued

Posted: August 31, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update

Nadolol is a beta blocker used mainly in the treatment of arrhythmias. The branded Corgard tablets have been discontinued by the manufacturer for commercial (not safety) reasons. There are unlicensed versions still available. Those patients usi...

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Formulary Update (August 2016)

Posted: August 29, 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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Medicines Update Primary Care August 2016

Posted: August 23, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update Primary Care
Tagged with - Opioids Formulary MHRA Drug Safety Update

To view this bulletin in PDF format please click here

This bulletin contains information on:

  • Buprenorphine Patches: Not Interchangeable
  • Duplicate Therapy Warnings
  • Oxycodone Formulary Change
  • Vitamin D Supplements : News
  • Sports Supplements
  • Desogestrel: Soya Bean Oil
  • MHRA Warning: Citalopram and Cocaine suspected Drug Interaction

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New WOSCAN protocols (August 2016)

Posted: August 16, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update Oncology

The following West of Scotland Cancer Network (WOSCAN) protocols have been prepared in response to national guidance and are now available on the WOSCAN intranet site (NHS network access required): Bevacizumab in combination with paclit...

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Antibiotic Prescribing in Acute: Key Messages

Posted: August 04, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update Acute

Duration of antibiotic therapy is poorly recorded and IV to oral switch (IVOST) is delayed Duration of intravenous (IV) antibiotic therapy is increasing across NHSGGC and recording of antibiotic duration is poor (between 53% and ...

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Public knowledge about antibiotics

Posted: August 03, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing

A recent systematic review on antimicrobial resistance published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy looked at the public’s knowledge and beliefs ab...

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Medicine Shortages

Posted: August 03, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Shortages

Shortages and discontinuations of medicines is an ongoing issue. The picture can change very quickly and different levels of stockholding in different pharmacies can mean one pharmacy reporting a shortage, while others may have sufficient stock...

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Safety: Buprenorphine patches

Posted: August 03, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Opioids Medication incidents

Brands are not all interchageable   Several brands of buprenorphine patches are available and these are not all interchangeable. We have previously reported a

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Patient education: Blood glucose monitoring

Posted: August 03, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Diabetes

Self monitoring of blood glucose is necessary for patients treated with insulin or other medication with a high risk of hypoglycaemia. The NHSGGC Blood Glucos...

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