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Guideline News Feb 2019

Posted: March 15, 2019.
Category - Medicines Update

New Adult NHSGGC Guidelines now available on StaffNet

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CarbagenĀ® (carbamazepine) tablet supply issues

Posted: March 12, 2019.
Category - Medicines Update

There is currently a national shortage of the Carbagen® brand carbamazepine 200 and 400mg immediate release (IR) and prolonged release (PR) tablets. The MHRA has classified carbamazepine as a Category 1 antiepileptic drug, which means patie...

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Gabapentin and Pregabalin - Change to CD

Posted: March 12, 2019.
Category - Medicines Update

From 1st April 2019, amendments to the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 and the Safe Custody Regulations 1973 come into force, resulting in changes to the legal classification of gabapentin and pregabalin as Schedule 3 Controlled Dru...

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Co-amoxiclav prescribing in GP Practices 2018

Posted: March 06, 2019.
Category - Medicines Update

Primary Care has made significant progress in both reducing unnecessary antibiotic prescribing, and increasing the use of guideline recommended narrower spectrum antibiotics.  In NHSGGC antibiotic prescribing volume is 12% less than 10 yea...

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Addition of silver dressings to Wound Formulary

Posted: March 01, 2019.
Category - Medicines Update

Antimicrobial dressings should only be used when infection is suspected as a result of clinical signs or symptoms (see The Healthcare Improvement Scotland

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Therapeutics Handbook Update Feb 2019

Posted: February 27, 2019.
Category - Medicines Update

The Adult Therapeutics Handbook content has now been updated and includes the following main changes: New guideline -

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Colecalciferol product of choice

Posted: February 20, 2019.
Category - Medicines Update

Prescribing support teams have been asked to review patients in primary care prescribed 800 units of colecalciferol and ensure that they are prescribed the most appropriate licensed product according to the dosage recommendations in the NHSGGC ...

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Diagnosis of IDA - Iron Studies

Posted: February 19, 2019.
Category - Medicines Update

A new GGC guideline on the Treatment of Iron Deficiency Anaemia (IDA) is now available on StaffNet

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Valproate Medicines

Posted: February 19, 2019.
Category - Medicines Update

Are you acting in compliance with the pregnancy prevention measures? Previous Medicines Update blogs have highlighted the

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Guideline News Jan 2019

Posted: February 19, 2019.
Category - Medicines Update

Updated Adult NHSGGC Guidelines now available on StaffNet

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