NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Area Drug and Therapeutics Committee
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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

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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

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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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Wound dressings

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

The Therapeutic subgroup of ADTC have issued some prescribing reminders for those working in primary care. The full document can be accessed

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Amiodarone and dronedarone

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

Amiodarone and dronedarone are both included in the NHSGGC Total Formulary restricted to specialist initiation.  ...

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Antibiotic Awareness

Posted: October 26, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing

The 2016 European Antibiotic Awareness Day falls on 18th November. More information on how to be an antibiotic guardian can be found at http://antibioticguardian.com/  

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Creatinine Clearance Calculator

Posted: October 26, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update

The NHSGGC Creatinine Clearance Calculator for adult patients is now available for desktop users here under the “other links” secti...

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