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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

Webwatch: Drugs in Lactation (PostScript 80)

Posted: March 03, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Prescribing

The UK Drugs in Lactation Advisory Service (UKDILAS), was established as a national service in 1980 and is aimed mainly at supporting local medicines information services on all medicines-related aspects of lactation, but is also available to a...

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PostScript 80 PDF

Posted: March 03, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update

The latest edition of PostScript can be found in PDF format here.   ADTC decisions can be found

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PostScript 79 (Jan 2014) Updates

Posted: December 30, 2013.
Category - Medicines Update

New NHSGGC guidelines The following guidelines have been added to the repository on Staffnet •             Gluten Free Guidelines October 2013 • ...

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PostScript 79 (Jan 2014) Nalmefene

Posted: December 30, 2013.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Alcohol

Nalmefene We noted in the last edition that this new drug had been added to the Formulary for the for the reduction of alcohol consumptio...

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PostScript 79 (Jan 2014) Antibiotic interactions

Posted: December 30, 2013.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing

Antibiotic Interactions: Quinolones and tetracyclines with metal salts and other cations Quinolones, eg ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin, norfloxacin and ofloxacin; and tetracyclines, eg d...

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PostScript 79 (Jan 2014) Novel Oral Anticoagulants

Posted: December 30, 2013.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Anticoagulants

Novel oral anticoagulants The Heart MCN has proposed a strategy to offer prescribers a choice of novel oral anticoagulant (NOAC) or warfarin for patients newly diagnosed w...

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PostScript 79 (Jan 2014) Nitrofurantoin in renal impairment

Posted: December 30, 2013.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Prescribing

Safety update: Nitrofurantoin As we highlighted in September, the MHRA have issued a reminder on precautions for use of

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PostScript 79 (Jan 2014) Smoking Cessation: varenicline and depression

Posted: December 30, 2013.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Smoking Cessation

Smoking cessation Smoking cessation with or without pharmacotherapy has been associated with exacerbations of underlying psychiatric illness, eg depression, anxiety. The Smokefree smoking cessation...

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PostScript 79 (Jan 2014) Oxycodone MR

Posted: December 30, 2013.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Opioids

Oxycodone Product of Choice Several branded generic preparations of modified release (MR) oxycodone are now available. Longtec® was awarded the NHS Scotland acute care national contract and is the NHSGGC brand of choice. It will b...

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PostScript 79 (Jan 2014) Antiepileptic drugs

Posted: December 30, 2013.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Medicines reconciliation

Antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) The MHRA issued advice in November 2013 on the appropriateness of generic prescribing of AEDs and when a patient should stay on a particular brand. This initial guidance is directed at all staff across NHSGGC ...

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