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

Ketamine

Posted: November 16, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Prescribing

On Monday 30th November 2015, ketamine will become a schedule 2 Controlled Drug. The change was introduced on the advice of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs following increasing evidence o...

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Controlled Drugs: Private Requisition Forms

Posted: November 16, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Opioids

From Monday 30th November, new legislation governing the paperwork to be used for stock orders for schedule 2 or 3 CDs in the community is coming into force. We have been advised that there is no change to the existing arrang...

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Mirabegron and severe hypertension

Posted: November 16, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - MHRA Drug Safety Update

Following reports of severe hypertension including hypertensive crisis associated with cerebrovascular and cardiac events, the

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Tiotropium for asthma

Posted: November 16, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Respiratory

Tiotropium has been added to the Adult Total Formulary as add on treatment in adult asthmatic patients at step 4 with poorly controlled asthma (at least one course of oral steroids for a severe exacerbation in the last year) who have persistent...

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European Antibiotic Awareness Day: 18th November

Posted: November 09, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing

  The World Health Organization estimates that antibiotics treatments add an average of 20 years to all of our lives. But in the 80 years since the discovery of penicillin, our overuse of antibiotics has lead to the emergence of un...

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Linezolid

Posted: November 09, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing

  This antibiotic is included on the Formulary restricted to hospital-based use on the advice of a microbiologist or infectious disease physician. Prolonged use (>2 weeks) should usually be avoided. There may be exceptional circ...

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High strength insulins

Posted: November 09, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Diabetes

Insulin glargine 300 units/ml (Toujeo®) for the treatment of type 1 or type 2 diabetes mellitus in adults is not included in the GGC Adult Formulary as clinicians do not support inclusion.   There are significant c...

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Magnesium Replacement Therapy

Posted: November 09, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update

Magnesium aspartate dihydrate sachets (Magnaspartate®) have been added to the GGC Adult Formulary for the treatment and prevention of magnesium deficiency, as diagnosed by a doctor. This is the first licensed oral ...

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Prescribing for yourself, friends or family

Posted: October 23, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Prescribing

The professional bodies linked to medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and nursing and midwifery have all issued standards or guidance on prescribing. They all recommend that practitioners should not prescribe for themselves or anyone with whom they ...

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Yellow Card Roadshow

Posted: October 20, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update

Yellow Card Centre Scotland: Centre for Adverse Reactions to Drugs Scotland (CARDS)   Yellow Card – 50 Years and Counting – What next in its evolution?

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