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

MHRA Updates September 2017

Posted: October 09, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

Drug Safety Update (September 2017) includes: Miconazole (Daktarin): over-the-counter or...

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Guideline News Sept 2017

Posted: October 09, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

New Adult NHSGGC Guidelines now available on StaffNet

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Mefenamic Acid Now Non-Formulary

Posted: October 09, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

Mefenamic acid is now non-formulary.Prescribers should review ongoing use and consider whether other NSAIDs may be appropriate. Ibuprofen and naproxen are the Preferred List first line options.Following consu...

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Atrial fibrillation – Who should be anticoagulated?

Posted: October 09, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

Patients with recurrent paroxysmal, persistent or permanent atrial fibrillation (AF) have a high risk of thromboembolism, particularly stroke. Compared to patients without AF, the absolute risk of stroke is increased almost five fold. One year ...

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GMAWS - Updated Alcohol Withdrawal Recommendations

Posted: September 06, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

UPDATED ALCOHOL WITHDRAWAL RECOMMENDATIONS Summary of Key Changes New Pabrinex® prescription recommendations for patients ‘at risk’ of Wernicke’s Encephalopa...

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Hepatitis B Vaccine Supply Update

Posted: August 30, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

Highlights the current shortage of adult hepatitis B vaccine.

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MHRA Updates July & August 2017

Posted: August 28, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

Drug Safety Update (August 2017) includes: Ibrutinib (Imbruvica ...

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Oral NSAIDs – What’s new?

Posted: August 25, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

The GGC Oral NSAID guideline has recently been updated. Ibuprofen and naproxen remain the NSAIDs of choice. The prescribing notes have been updated and include additional information on acute kidney injury and hepatic impairment.

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Zomorph® - Preferred Brand Oral Morphine M/R in Adults

Posted: August 25, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

MST® is currently the most frequently prescribed brand of morphine sulphate modified release (M/R) across NHSGGC. From 01/09/2017 the preferred choice of solid morphine sulphate M/R across primary and secondary care will change to Zomorph® capsules. 

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VTE – Diagnosis, treatment and prevention

Posted: August 25, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

A site dedicated to the prevention,diagnosis and management of venous thromboembolism (VTE) has recently been introduced onto StaffNet.

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