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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

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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PostScript 79 (Jan 2014) Nitrofurantoin in renal impairment

Posted: December 30, 2013.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Prescribing

Safety update: Nitrofurantoin As we highlighted in September, the MHRA have issued a reminder on precautions for use of

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PostScript 79 (Jan 2014) Smoking Cessation: varenicline and depression

Posted: December 30, 2013.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Smoking Cessation

Smoking cessation Smoking cessation with or without pharmacotherapy has been associated with exacerbations of underlying psychiatric illness, eg depression, anxiety. The Smokefree smoking cessation...

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PostScript 79 (Jan 2014) Oxycodone MR

Posted: December 30, 2013.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Opioids

Oxycodone Product of Choice Several branded generic preparations of modified release (MR) oxycodone are now available. Longtec® was awarded the NHS Scotland acute care national contract and is the NHSGGC brand of choice. It will b...

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PostScript 79 (Jan 2014) Antiepileptic drugs

Posted: December 30, 2013.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Medicines reconciliation

Antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) The MHRA issued advice in November 2013 on the appropriateness of generic prescribing of AEDs and when a patient should stay on a particular brand. This initial guidance is directed at all staff across NHSGGC ...

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PostScript 79 (January 2014) PDF

Posted: December 30, 2013.
Category - Medicines Update

The full edition of PostScript 79 can be downloaded as a PDF file here. The articles have been presented as separate blog posts.

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PostScript 78 (November 2013)

Posted: November 05, 2013.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Alcohol Anticoagulants Medication incidents Medicines reconciliation

This edition contains articles on:   HIV treatments and drug interactions Adding “non-primary care” drugs to GP records Nalmefene for reduced alcohol consumption Safety updates: new oral ...

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PostScript 77 (Sept '13)

Posted: September 02, 2013.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Respiratory Osteoporosis Antimicrobial Prescribing Therapeutic Handbook SMC Mental Health NSAIDs Formulary

This edition contains articles on:   Safety updates including diclofenac, metoclopramide, codeine in children Kid’s corner: melatonin Osteoporosis update ADTC decisions Webwatch: Choice...

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PostScript 76 (July 2013)

Posted: June 28, 2013.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Dabigatran Respiratory Osteoporosis SMC Vaccines Anticoagulants

                                  This edition contains articles on:

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