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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

Amiodarone and dronedarone: monitoring

Posted: May 15, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Dronedarone

Amiodarone is an effective anti-arrhythmic, but it is associated with significant adverse effects: thyroid toxicity, hepatotoxicity and pulmonary toxicity. SIGN have provided clear guidance on amiodarone use and monitoring to minimise drug rela...

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Novel psychoactive substances: acute and chronic harms

Posted: May 15, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update

Novel Psychoactive Treatment UK Network (NEPTUNE) was developed to improve clinical practice in the management of harms resulting from the use of club drugs and novel psychoactive substances. It is aimed at clinicians working in a range of fron...

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Hydroxyzine and heart rhythm abnormalities

Posted: May 15, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - MHRA Drug Safety Update

The MHRA have updated prescribing advice for this antihistamine following concerns of heart rhythm abnormalities. A European review concluded that hydroxyzine is associated with a small risk of QT interval prolongation and Torsade de Pointes. S...

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Temazepam prescribing change 01/06/15

Posted: May 15, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Benzodiazepines Formulary Prescribing

For many years, temazepam has been in the anomalous position where although a schedule 3 Controlled Drug (CD), it has been exempt from the prescription writing requirements that apply to all other schedule 2 and 3 CDs. The Home Office has recen...

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Chlorphenamine liquid 2mg/5ml, Piriton syrup Shortages

Posted: May 12, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update

Prescribers are advised that there is a supply problem with chlorphenamine 2mg/5ml liquid and branded Piriton® liquid. Manufacturers are currently unable to confirm when this issue will be resolved. Supply of chlorphenamine 4mg tablets is u...

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Adverse Events with Controlled Drugs

Posted: April 23, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Opioids

The Controlled Drugs Accountable Officers’ (CDAO) Network (Scotland) has recently published a repor...

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Safety Alert: Drugs with Similar Names

Posted: April 23, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Medication incidents

Rsreeach has swohn that as lnog as the fsrit and lsat lteter of a wrod is in the crorcet pcale tehn the wrod can be raed whuoitt a pbelorm.   There are several examples of errors which have happened because drugs have sim...

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Clomipramine MR Discontinuation

Posted: April 10, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Mental Health

Novartis is discontinuing the production of Anafranil MR tablets. This discontinuation is due to the manufacturing plant closure and the lack of a suitable alternative site with the ability to produce the medicine to the same specification.&nbs...

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Creon 40 000 Unavailable

Posted: April 10, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update

The manufacturer of Creon® (pancreatin) has advised that patients currently prescribed the 40 000 strength are likely to have difficulty obtaining it from mid April 2015. There is no indication when it will be available again.  ...

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Gabapentin and pregabalin: risk of misuse:

Posted: April 10, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Prescribing

Public Health England recently published “Advice for prescribers on the risk of the misuse of&...

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