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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

PostScript 82 PDF (July 2014)

Posted: July 07, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update

This edition can be accessed in PDF format here and contains articles on:   Dual Antiplatelet Therapy Safety Update: Do...

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PostScript 81 PDF (May 2014)

Posted: May 05, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update

This edition can be accessed in PDF format here and contains articles on:   Novel oral anticoagulant update New oral products for multiple sclerosis Tramadol to become controlled drug ...

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Novel Oral Anticoagulants (NOACs): update

Posted: May 05, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Anticoagulants

  Inclusion of the NOACs (dabigatran, rivaroxaban, apixaban) on the NHSGGC Formulary is established for existing patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) who are intolerant of, or poor...

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New oral therapies for Multiple Sclerosis

Posted: May 05, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - SMC

It is exciting times in the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) with the approval of two new oral therapies for the treatment of the relapsing remitting form of the disease; dimethyl fumarate and teriflunomide. There has bee...

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Tramadol and changes to Controlled Drug Legislation

Posted: May 05, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Opioids

Tramadol to be a Schedule 3 Controlled Drug The Home Office has announced changes to CD classification for a number of drugs which should be implemented from 10th June ...

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Safety updates: Nitrofurantoin, contraceptives

Posted: May 05, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing Medication incidents

Nitrofurantoin in renal impairment The MHRA has intimated plans to amend the contraindication against use of nitrofurantoin in renal impairment from CrCl <60 mL/min to eGFR &l...

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Kid's corner: Specials

Posted: May 05, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update

Kid’s Corner: Specials Specials may be required if a particular preparation is required but not available; for example a liquid for an unusual dose, or to overcome swallowin...

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Fluticasone furoate and vilanterol (Relvar Ellipta®)

Posted: May 05, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Respiratory

Fluticasone furoate and vilanterol (Relvar Ellipta®) This product has been launched for both COPD and asthma, although SMC advice has been issued for COPD only at this stage. A ...

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Guidelines Update

Posted: May 05, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update

Corrected NHSGGC guideline on management...

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Valsartan Supply Problem

Posted: May 05, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update

Valsartan Shortage There are currently supply problems with valsartan products.  Where a patient is unable to obtain their normal valsartan prescription, prescribers may need to consider switching patients to an alternative Angio...

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