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

Latest News & Postscripts

Changes to availability of Tegretol® suppositories

Posted: February 02, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

Tegretol Suppositories (125 mg & 250 mg) are being discontinued. All other formulations of Tegretol remain available.  “Carbamazepine Essential Pharma 125 mg & 250 mg Suppositories”, are now ava...

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Antibiotic Prescribing in Acute: Key Messages February 2017

Posted: January 31, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update Acute
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing

Missed doses of antibiotics leads to a reduced concentration in the blood with subsequent reduced efficacy. This not only adversely impacts the patient response but also promotes emergence of resistance. A missed...

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Medicines Update Primary Care January 2017

Posted: January 25, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update Primary Care

To view this bulletin in PDF format please click here

This bulletin contains information on :

  • Primary Care Adult Infection Management Guidance - November 2016 Update
  • Glyceryl Trinitrate 400mcg Pack Size
  • Seasonal Influenza Use of Antivirals
  • Seasonal Influenza Patient Advice
  • Nystan Dosage Change
  • Move to Prescribing of Stanek®

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Disulfiram shortage

Posted: January 23, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Specials Shortages

Disulfiram is used as an adjunct in the treatment of chronic alcohol dependence. There is a current shortage of disulfiram 200mg tablets and further stocks are not expected until October 2017.   NHSGGC has patients being pr...

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Fentanyl patches: acute care

Posted: January 23, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Opioids

NHSGGC are switching to Matrifen® patches as the preferred choice for fentanyl patches in acute care. It is already the most commonly prescribed brand in primary care.   Fentanyl patch...

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Osteoporosis Guidance Updated

Posted: January 23, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Osteoporosis

Three guidelines have been updated by the Osteoporosis Strategy group and are now available:

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Primary Care Antibiotic Guideline update

Posted: January 23, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing

The primary care infection management

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Blood Glucose Meters

Posted: January 23, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Diabetes

The Formulary for Blood Glucose Meters and Test Strip was launched in March 2016 and has been impleme...

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Glasgow Dental Hospital

Posted: January 05, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

Glasgow Dental Hospital (GDH) has reviewed the way in which medicines are supplied to patients, following the publication of the NHSGGC policy

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Nystatin suspension storage

Posted: January 05, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Medication incidents

Two cases have been reported recently where a parent stored nystatin suspension for a baby in the fridge. The viscosity of the suspension increased, forming a gel which could not be shaken and was also associated with a risk of choking. The man...

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