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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

Anticoagulants and dental procedures

Posted: January 18, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Dabigatran Anticoagulants Antiplatelets

Anticoagulants or antiplatelets for patients undergoing dental procedures New guidance on the Management of Dental Patients Taking Anticoagulants or Antiplatelet Drugs has been p...

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Ventmax and Pulvinal discontinued

Posted: January 18, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Respiratory Asthma

There are small numbers of patients using these products. Advice on switching is given below.   Ventmax® salbutamol tablets: Inhalation route preferred for salbutamol.

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Insuman insulin shortage

Posted: January 18, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Diabetes

Sanofi have announced there will be a temporary and short-term supply shortage of Insuman® Basal pre-filled pens Insuman® Basal cartridges Insuman® Comb25 (pre-mixed insulin) pre-filled pens.

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Twitter and Facebook

Posted: December 28, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update

Twitter: follow us at @NHSGGCMeds or search the hashtag #ggcmedicines Facebook: search and like NHSGGC Medicines Update.   NHSGGC Medicin...

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Shared Care Protocols

Posted: December 17, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update

The Prescribing Interface Subcommittee of the Area Drug & Therapeutics Committee (ADTC) co-ordinates the formal management of prescribing issues between primary care and the acute setting including the review, approval and collation of Shar...

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New NHS Scotland Palliative Care Guidelines App

Posted: December 17, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Guidelines Update

New NHS Scotland Palliative Care Guidelines App Sixteen of the NHSScotland palliative care guidelines are now available in app format provid...

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BNF and BNF for Children (BNFC) errors

Posted: December 17, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update

BNF publications have re-designed the print and online versions of the BNF.  The first issue of the new look BNF 70 and BNFC 2015-16 were published in September 2015.  Since publication, a number of issues including dose errors have been identified. 

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Pioglitazone shortage

Posted: December 14, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Diabetes

All strengths of pioglitazone tablets are currently in short supply. Further deliveries are expected during December and January however overall supply may be limited.  To conserve supplies and ensure that patient management is not comprom...

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Instalments for CDs

Posted: December 14, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Opioids Benzodiazepines

Instalment Prescriptions for CDs: Updated Home Office Wording   Prescriptions for Controlled Drugs which are supplied in instalments must contain specific wording to allow supply in advance of public holida...

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Drugs for Doctors’ Medical Bags

Posted: November 16, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update

The Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin has published advice on which drugs might be suitable for GPs to carry on home visits. One article looks at adults; one at

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