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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

Clomipramine supply (PostScript 81, May 2014)

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

Clomipramine is a tricyclic antidepressant most often used in the treatment of severe obsessional compulsive disorder (OCD). It is generally a second line option after SSRIs prove ineffective or are not tolerated. Consequently there is a small ...

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Voriconazole: prescribing safely (PostScript 80)

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

Voriconazole is a broad spectrum, triazole antifungal agent indicated primarily in immunocompromised patients with progressive, possibly life-threatening infections, eg invasive aspergillosis. Treatment of candidaemia in non-neutropenic patient...

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Corticosteroids in palliative care (PostScript 80)

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

Prompted by regular requests for advice about use of steroids in palliative care patients in the community, an audit was undertaken to establish the care issues and whether there were any problems. Notes from 15 community based patients were re...

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Prescribing and addiction issues in prisons (PostScript 80)

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

Dr Grace Campbell, Lead Clinician in Prison Health highlights some recurring issues which face doctors in that setting.   Healthcare within prisons was a non-NHS service organised by the Scottish Prison Service unt...

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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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