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

Thickening of Liquid Medications

Posted: September 05, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update

Patients with dysphagia who are on thickened fluids to reduce the risk of choking, will also require any large volume liquid medications, eg Laxido® to be thickened. All liquids given to a dysphagic patient should be thickened to the approp...

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Case Study: Safe management of midazolam

Posted: September 05, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Benzodiazepines

A concern was raised by social work over the inability to track a number of doses of midazolam in a patient’s home. The patient has a complex history and is classed as a vulnerable adult. Midazolam is used for treatment of seizures and is...

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Voriconazole adverse effects

Posted: September 05, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing

Voriconazole is licensed for invasive aspergillosis and is on the Formulary for specialist use only. In May 2014, the MHRA highlighted the additional risk of phot...

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Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games: NHSGGC and the Medical Services

Posted: September 05, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update

NHSGGC contributions to Glasgow 2014 Medical Services Although the Commonwealth Games lasted only 11 days, planning has taken many years. One of the things spectators wouldn’t be aware of was the effort that had gone into planning...

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Medicines Update Bulletins

Posted: August 06, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update

Formerly known as PostScript these bulletins have been re-launched as Medicines Update. 

The bulletins provide information on:

  • Medicines safety messages
  • Recent GGC incidents and associated learning
  • New Guidelines (local & national)
  • Major changes to Formulary/prescribing practices

There are currently 5 bulletins produced each with slightly differing remit:

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Dual Antiplatelet Therapy (July 2014)

Posted: July 07, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update

Clopidogrel or ticagrelor are indicated as part of a dual anti-platelet therapy (DAPT) regimen along with indefinite aspirin for management of patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and / or undergoing percutaneous coron...

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Safety Update: Domperidone (July 2014)

Posted: July 07, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update

The MHRA has recently recommended changes to the use of domperidone, including restricting the dose and duration of use, to minimise the known risks of ...

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PPIs and Clostridium Difficile (July 2014)

Posted: July 07, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update

Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is one of the important healthcare associated infection in Scottish hospitals. It is life-threatening (reported mortality rate 10 - 30%) and has the potential for person to person spread ...

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Drug induced photosensitivity (July 2014)

Posted: July 07, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update

At this time of year, with improving weather and the peak holiday period, the incidence of reactions to sun increase. Some medicines cause particular problems. Dr Paula E Beattie, Consultant Dermatologist at the Royal Hos...

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ADTC decisions and other updates

Posted: July 07, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update

  ADTC decisions are here including: The following medicines were added to the Adult Total F...

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