NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Area Drug and Therapeutics Committee
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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

Asthma / COPD Inhalers of Choice

Posted: August 14, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Respiratory Asthma

The ADTC has agreed recommendations from Respiratory MCN Prescribing Subgroup review of the asthma and COPD sections of the Adult Formulary for 

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SGLT2 inhibitors diabetic ketoacidosis risk

Posted: July 24, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Diabetes

The MHRA published advice in June 2015 on the risks of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) with...

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Diabetes MCN Key Messages

Posted: July 17, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Diabetes

July 2015   Concentrated insulins 2015 (higher strength insulin products - > 100units/ml) The Diabet...

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Infliximab biosimilar

Posted: July 17, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Biologics

NHSGGC have selected Remsima® as the preferred biosimilar infliximab.  The reference product (Remicade®) will continue to be available an...

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Retinoid Preparations

Posted: July 10, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - MHRA Drug Safety Update

Retinoid containing preparations are prescribed in the treatment of severe acne, eczema and psoriasis by physicians with experience in their use. Within NHSGGC, this is generally under the supervision of a consultant dermatologist with prescrip...

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Ibuprofen Safety Update

Posted: July 10, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - MHRA Drug Safety Update NSAIDs

The MHRA has published updated advice on cardiovascular risks of high dose ibuprofen and interaction of ibuprofen with aspi...

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Safety Alert: MinimsĀ® Unit Dose Eye Drops

Posted: July 10, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Eye

The manufacturer has removed the labelling on the Minims® unit dose vials. The label previously had an identification code and abbreviated strength printed on the body of the container. The strength is now embossed

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Heart MCN Key Messages

Posted: July 10, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Guidelines Update

Hypertension guidelines The newly revised version of the

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High strength insulin: safety update

Posted: May 28, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Diabetes

Several new high strength insulin products are now on the market. Both Humalog Kwikpen® (insulin lispro) and Tresiba Flextouch® (insulin degludec; non-Formulary) are available as 100units/mL and 200units/mL. There are differences in the...

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What's new with vitamin D

Posted: May 28, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Osteoporosis

New high dose preparations Several new high dose colecalciferol (vitamin D) preparations have recently been licensed in the UK, including:• Aviticol® 20,000 unit capsule• Fultium® D3 20,000 unit...

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