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.

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

Guideline News Apr 2018

Posted: May 03, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

Updated Adult NHSGGC Guidelines now available on StaffNet

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Critical Shortage of IVIG

Posted: May 03, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

There is currently a significant shortage of all intravenous immunoglobulins (IVIG).  The National Plasma Product Expert Advisory Group (NPPEAG) has issued guidance to all NHS Boards regarding how to manage this situation.&...

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Drug Safety Information: valproate medicines

Posted: May 03, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

Important new drug safety information from the MHRA regarding

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How to activate the Inhixa® needle guard

Posted: May 03, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

Currently within NHSGGC acute sector we are using the new Inhixa® brand of enoxaparin 20 mg and 40 mg pre-filled syringes.  Inhixa® is regarded as a “biosimilar” medicine to Clexane® and is considere...

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Edoxaban is the DOAC of choice in non-valvular atrial fibrillation

Posted: May 03, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

The following is a joint quote from David Murdoch, Chair of the Heart MCN and Christine McAlpine, Chair of the Stroke MCN in NHSGGC.  “The Heart MCN supported by the Stroke MCN have updated the atrial fibrillation (AF)&nb...

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Therapeutics Handbook: Update April 2018

Posted: April 09, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

The Therapeutics Handbook content has now been updated and includes the following main changes: Cardiovascular The

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Guideline News Mar 2018

Posted: March 12, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

New Adult NHSGGC Guidelines now available on StaffNet

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NHS Prescribing at request of private consultants

Posted: March 09, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

If individuals opt for private healthcare treatment or assessment, they are still entitled to NHS services. The Central Prescribing Team are often asked by GPs what they should do if a patient requests a medicine following consultation with a p...

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Xaggitin® XL (Methylphenidate M/R Tablets)

Posted: March 09, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

Key messages Xaggitin® XL is now the preferred brand of methylphenidate prolonged-release tablets and should be prescribed across all care settings instead of Concer...

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New DOAC booklet & alert card coming soon

Posted: March 09, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

A new direct oral anticoagulant (DOAC) Patient Information Booklet and Alert Card have been developed for use across NHSGGC. It includes information tailored to patients and carers on: What  a DOAC is How to t...

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