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

C diff infections and PPIs

Posted: April 25, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing

There was an increase in Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) rates within NHSGGC in quarter 3 last year. A review of cases highlighted that almost half of the patients with CDI were prescribed a proton pump inhibitor ...

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Nystatin Dose Clarification

Posted: April 19, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

In 2016, the dose of nystatin oral suspension was increased in the print issue of BNF 72 (Sept 16 – March 17) and in the BNF for Children (BNFC) 2016-2017. The dose change was in line with the Nystan...

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Ensure safe and appropriate use of antibiotics

Posted: April 03, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing

There are a number of strategies which can be used to ensure the safe and appropriate use of antibiotics.   Current

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Delayed antibiotic prescribing

Posted: April 03, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing

The TARGET toolkit contains patient information leaflets inten...

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Hyoscine hydrobromide tablets

Posted: March 09, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Shortages

There is a manufacturer supply problem with hyoscine hydrobromide tablets (Kwells, Kwells Kids and Joy-Rides) and these preparations will be unavailable until at least March 2017. In addition to their licensed indication of motion sickness, the...

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Fosfomycin

Posted: March 09, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing

Oral fosfomycin trometamol (Monuril®) is indicated in adults for the treatment of uncomplicated lower urinary tract infection (UTI) following microbiological isolation of susceptible organisms. It should be considered as a treatment option ...

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Why Update GGC Medicines App?

Posted: March 09, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

Why you should always accept updates for the GGC Medicines App.

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Direct Oral Anticoagulants

Posted: February 21, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Dabigatran Anticoagulants

A new Medicines Update Extra bulletin has been published regarding the use of direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs). This replaces the previous ‘New...

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Smoking Cessation: NRT Brand

Posted: February 21, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Smoking Cessation

Following a national tendering process, the preferred brand of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) for Smokefree services will be Nicotinell®.  From 1st March 2017, please start any new NRT clients on products from the Nicoti...

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Infections: self management and prevention

Posted: February 21, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Respiratory Antimicrobial Prescribing

Patients need to understand that they should avoid unnecessary antibiotic use as bacterial resistance can affect them personally with inability to treat infections.  Healthcare professionals can educate otherwise healthy patients on the ex...

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