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

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 - Opioids Benzodiazepines

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...

ADTC update February 2015

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

The additions to NHSGGC Formulary agreed at ADTC, 16 February 2015, included: Brimonidine gel (Mirvaso®) for the treatment of the erythema associated with rosacea. Brimonidine reduces erythema through direct cutaneous vasocon...

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Valproate for epilepsy or bipolar disorder: Risk of abnormal pregnancy outcomes

Posted: February 06, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update

The MHRA has published new information and strengthened warnings related to safety of medicines related to valproate (sodium valproate, valproic acid and valproate semisodium).   Valproate is associated with a dose-dependen...

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Reviewing the need for urinary incontinence medications

Posted: February 06, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Prescribing Formulary

Urinary incontinence is common; SIGN estimates that 5-9% of the Scottish population have significant problems with urinary continence. There should be a trial of lifestyle interventions and pelvic floor exercise training or blad...

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Relvar Ellipta packaging changes

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

We noted in May that fluticasone furoate and vilanterol (Relvar Ellipta®) had been added to the Read More...

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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