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

Oxycodone safety

Posted: November 10, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Opioids Palliative Care Cancer Medication incidents Formulary Prescribing

The Controlled Drugs Accountable Officers’ Network for Scotland has published an updated on safe use of

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October Formulary Updates: Eye Section and Recent Decisions

Posted: November 10, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - SMC Eye Cancer

Adult Formulary: Eye section update This part of the Formulary has recently been reviewed with input from specialists in acute and primary care. All sections have been reviewed, with some major changes to the format for section 11.8.1...

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Welcome to Medicines Update

Posted: September 05, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update

To coincide with the launch of the new GGC Prescribing App and the updated website, the PostScript bulletins have been reviewed and will now be published as Medicines Update.     GGC Medicines App The...

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Atrial fibrillation guideline updated

Posted: September 05, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update

The GGC Heart MCN guideline for atrial fibr...

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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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