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

Disulfiram shortage

Posted: January 23, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Specials Shortages

Disulfiram is used as an adjunct in the treatment of chronic alcohol dependence. There is a current shortage of disulfiram 200mg tablets and further stocks are not expected until October 2017.   NHSGGC has patients being pr...

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Fentanyl patches: acute care

Posted: January 23, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Opioids

NHSGGC are switching to Matrifen® patches as the preferred choice for fentanyl patches in acute care. It is already the most commonly prescribed brand in primary care.   Fentanyl patch...

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Osteoporosis Guidance Updated

Posted: January 23, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Osteoporosis

Three guidelines have been updated by the Osteoporosis Strategy group and are now available:

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Primary Care Antibiotic Guideline update

Posted: January 23, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing

The primary care infection management

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Blood Glucose Meters

Posted: January 23, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Diabetes

The Formulary for Blood Glucose Meters and Test Strip was launched in March 2016 and has been impleme...

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Glasgow Dental Hospital

Posted: January 05, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

Glasgow Dental Hospital (GDH) has reviewed the way in which medicines are supplied to patients, following the publication of the NHSGGC policy

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Nystatin suspension storage

Posted: January 05, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Medication incidents

Two cases have been reported recently where a parent stored nystatin suspension for a baby in the fridge. The viscosity of the suspension increased, forming a gel which could not be shaken and was also associated with a risk of choking. The man...

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Methotrexate for arthritis

Posted: January 05, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Methotrexate

A new shared care agreement for subcutaneous methotrexate has been published here. It details responsibilities for consultants and nurse specialists in ac...

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Propranolol for anxiety

Posted: January 05, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Mental Health

The Prescribing Management Group (Mental Health) has produced guidance on prescribing of propranolol for anxiety which can be accessed

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Posaconazole formulations not interchangeable

Posted: December 19, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - MHRA Drug Safety Update

Posaconazole (Noxafil®) is a broad-spectrum triazole antifungal It is on the Formulary for specialist use only. Use for the prophylaxis of invasive fungal infections in immunocompromised patients is restricted to patients in whom there is a...

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