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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.

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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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Safe prescribing of corticosteroid eye drops

Posted: March 27, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Eye

Potential patient safety concerns were raised to East Dunbartonshire prescribing group relating to patients inadvertently continuing to use corticosteroid eye drops beyond the recommended duration. A local audit of patients after catara...

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Neuropathic Pain Guidelines Updated

Posted: March 09, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Guidelines Update

The updated NHSGGC Chronic Non-...

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Controlled Drugs and Patients' Ability to Drive

Posted: March 06, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Benzodiazepines Opioids

The Department for Transport has introduced a new offence of driving with certain controlled drugs (CDs) above specified limits in the blood; this legislation<...

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Sodium Oxybate (Xyrem): now schedule 2 CD

Posted: February 23, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update

On 7 January 2015, sodium oxybate (Xyrem®) was rescheduled as a Schedule 2 Controlled Drug (CD POM). It was previously a Schedule 4 Part 1 CD. This drug is licensed for the treatment of narcolepsy with cataplexy in adult patients, but was n...

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Opioid patches: safe conversion from oral therapy

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

Buprenorphine patches are available as BuTrans® and Transtec® patches. The Scottish Medicines Consortium concluded that buprenorphine patches were not cost-effective in the treatment of severe opioid responsive pain cond...

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Diabetes: HbA1c as a diagnostic test

Posted: February 23, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Diabetes

NHSGGC has adopted the WHO recommendation for the use of HbA1c as a diagnostic tool for diabetes. Guidance is included in the updated Read More...