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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

PPIs and skin reactions

Posted: October 06, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update

The MHRA Drug Safety Update published in September 2015 highlighted a link between PPIs and very ...

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LMWH in patients with solid tumours

Posted: October 06, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Anticoagulants

SMC have accepted tinzaparin for extended treatment of symptomatic venous thromboembolism and prevention of its recurrence, in patients with solid tumours. NHSGGC specialists advise that dalteparin should remain our LMWH of choice in cancer pat...

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Heart MCN Key Messages July 2015

Posted: August 14, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update

My Heart Book An updated revised version of the “My Heart Book” is now...

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Exenatide (Bydureon®) formulation change

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

The Bydureon® prolonged release (exenatide 2mg) vial & syringe delivery device is being withdrawn and will change to a pre-filled pen device. Exenatide is a glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist prepared as a once weekly subc...

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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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