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

Medicines Update

For all prescribers and health professionals both in primary care and the acute sector.

News and information blog from ADTC covering clinical topics for all sectors of the NHS.

All editions of PostScript (the previous name for Medicines Update) from 2011 onwards have been added to this site.  Click here for an index to all previous editions.  If you would like a copy of a previous edition, please contact  medicines.update@ggc.scot.nhs.uk

Reminder of new BNF app

Posted: November 01, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

Please remember to download the new BNF app. The old NICE BNF app is not being updated and will be withdrawn at the end of November. The new BNF app can be downloaded from the App Store for iOS devices, and Google Play for Android devices....

Read More...

Immune checkpoint inhibitors : A new class of cancer medicine – Management of suspected adverse events

Posted: October 27, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

Immune checkpoint inhibitors are a relatively new class of cancer medicine. They can only be prescribed by cancer specialists, however, GP’s and non-cancer specialists should have an awareness of their unique spectrum of side effects an...

Read More...

Oral Mesalazine – Preferred Brands

Posted: October 25, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

Changes have been made to the recommendations on interchangeability of oral mesalazine preparations. The BNF now states that there is no evidence to show that any one oral preparation of mesalazine is more effective than another for ulcerative ...

Read More...

The BNF/BNFC interaction sections are changing

Posted: October 25, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

What’s new?The interactions section in the BNF and BNF for Children (BNFC) is changing. Print copies of BNF 74 and BNFC 2017-18 have the new format and digital versions (Medicines Complete and the new ...

Read More...

Nurse Prescribers’ Formulary

Posted: October 25, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

The Nurse Prescribers' Formulary (NPF) is being updated and the printed version is due to be circulated shortly. The list of medicinal substances has been reviewed and a number of changes suggested to ensure it is fully relevant to current...

Read More...

Freestyle Libre: what is it?

Posted: October 25, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Diabetes

The Freestyle Libre is a flash glucose monitoring system which measures interstitial fluid glucose levels. 

Read More...

Guideline News Oct 2017

Posted: October 23, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

New Adult NHSGGC Guidelines now available on StaffNet

Read More...

MHRA Updates September 2017

Posted: October 09, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

Drug Safety Update (September 2017) includes: Miconazole (Daktarin): over-the-counter or...

Read More...

Guideline News Sept 2017

Posted: October 09, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

New Adult NHSGGC Guidelines now available on StaffNet

Read More...

Mefenamic Acid Now Non-Formulary

Posted: October 09, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

Mefenamic acid is now non-formulary.Prescribers should review ongoing use and consider whether other NSAIDs may be appropriate. Ibuprofen and naproxen are the Preferred List first line options.Following consu...

Read More...