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

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

Therapeutics Handbook Update Nov 2018

Posted: November 03, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

The Adult Therapeutics Handbook content has now been updated and includes the following main changes: Respiratory System The

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DOAC Patient Information Booklet available now

Posted: October 30, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

A Direct Oral Anticoagulant (DOAC) Patient Information Booklet and Alert Card have been developed for use across NHSGGC. This new resource is suitable for patients taking apixaban, dabigatran, edoxaban or rivaroxaban and highlights key ...

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Contraceptive Advice: Valproate Medicines

Posted: October 29, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

Background A previous blog Drug Safety Information: valproate medicines highlighted the MHRA valproate medicines safety alert April 2018 regarding women taking valproate medicines. This article gives local expert advice...

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Clozapine and risk of life-threatening constipation

Posted: October 10, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

Key messages Constipation is a very common adverse effect of clozapine treatmentMortality rates associated with complications from clozapine-induced constipation are higher than the risk of fatal agranulocytosisThe risk o...

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Delirium: Medication Review in Acute

Posted: October 10, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

The NHSGGC Delirium Diagnosis, Risk Reduction and Management in Acute Services guideline recommends undertaking a medication review. This blog provides advice on how to undertake a medication review using the TIME structure (see below).

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MHRA Updates Sept 18

Posted: October 09, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

Drug Safety Update (September 2018) includes: Valproat...

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Guideline News Sept 2018

Posted: October 09, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

Updated Adult NHSGGC Guidelines now available on StaffNet

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New Evidence Challenges Omega-3 Beliefs

Posted: October 09, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

Key messages Clinical and cost-effective benefit of omega-3 fats is lacking NHSGGC Heart MCN supports review of patients prescribed them In July 20...

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Heart MCN Key Messages Sept 18

Posted: October 08, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

The Heart MCN have published their key messages for September 2018 here. Please note, information is included for the following medicines; edoxaban and 

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Parkinson’s Disease in Acute Care

Posted: September 11, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

The Medicines Update Extra Bulletin on Parkinson’s Disease (PD) in Acute Care has been updated. This consists of a main bulletin and 

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