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

Latest News & Postscripts

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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

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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®

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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

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Fewer antibiotics being prescribed

Posted: February 02, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing

Fewer antibiotics being prescribed in Scotland Figures to the end of 2015 show that antibiotic prescribing in Scotland is still reducing. Around 30% of the Scottish population had at least...

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Morphine injection: care required

Posted: February 02, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Opioids

NHSGGC Acute services have highlighted potential for error between morphine 10mg/ml and 1mg/ml injections. This could be at various different stages of use such as ordering, issue, receipt, recording and administration.   <...

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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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