NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Area Drug and Therapeutics Committee
Greater Glasgow and Clyde Medicines

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

Palliative Care: Scottish Guidelines Updated

Posted: February 06, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Palliative Care

New Scottish Palliative Care guidelines have been published which replace the previous GGC guidelines. Booklets are being printed for clinical areas and these a...

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NOAC Prescribing in Patients with Non-Valvular Atrial Fibrillation: Frequently Asked Questions

Posted: February 05, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Dabigatran Anticoagulants

As previously reported the NHSGGC guideline for Atrial Fibrillation (AF) treatment now includes the option to use a Novel Oral Anticoagulant (NOAC) for anticoagulation. The NOACs all have slightly different properties and the best choic...

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Diabetes: updated NHSGGC guidelines

Posted: January 22, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Diabetes

The NHSGGC guidelines for the management of diabetes have recently been updated and are now available on

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Lithium (Priadel 200mg Tablets): Stock Shortage

Posted: January 16, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Mental Health

Sanofi, the manufacturers of Priadel tablets, have issued notice that there is a supply problem with Priadel 200mg Tablets and have given no indication of when this will be resolved. The Priadel 400mg Tablets and Priadel Liquid preparations are...

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Oral Diclofenac: prescription only medicine from 15th January 2015

Posted: January 14, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - NSAIDs

Tablets containing diclofenac will be available only as a Prescription Only Medicine (POM) from 15th January 2015. Topical formulations (gels, creams) containing diclofenac will continue to be available without a prescription. F...

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Medicines Update November 2014

Posted: November 10, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update

The latest edition in PDF format can be found here.   You can read each article as a separate posting: Monitoring medicine...

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Monitoring medicines usage in hospitals

Posted: November 10, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Formulary Prescribing

For many years comparisons of prescribing data across GP Practices have helped to drive change and improve practice. The Hospital Medicines Utilisation Database (HMUD) offers opportunities to compare usage between Heath Boards and may provide s...

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Anti-epileptic drug prescribing

Posted: November 10, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Prescribing

The MHRA issued advice in November 2013 on the appropriateness of generic prescribing of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) and when a patient should stay...

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Mindful prescribing

Posted: November 10, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Prescribing

The use of multiple medications is appropriate if ongoing assessment determines that all medicines remain appropriate. Polypharmacy is the use of more medicines than are clinically indicated, representing unnecessary or potentially harmful drug...

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Drug safety update: Nitrofurantoin

Posted: November 10, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing

The MHRA has published their updated advice as we intimated in

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