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

Creatinine Clearance Calculator

Posted: October 26, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update

The NHSGGC Creatinine Clearance Calculator for adult patients is now available for desktop users here under the “other links” secti...

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What antimicrobial guidance should I use?

Posted: September 19, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing

Current antimicrobial reference sources available for use by healthcare professionals in NHSGGC are:   The primary care GP Antibiotics app from the

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Safety: Citalopram and cocaine suspected interaction

Posted: September 19, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Mental Health

The MHRA has reported a possible interaction between cocaine and...

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My Diabetes My Way

Posted: September 19, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Diabetes

My Diabetes My Way is the NHS Scotland interactive diabetes website to help support people who have diabetes and their family or friends. People wanting to find out more about...

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Melatonin Shared Care Update

Posted: August 31, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Paediatrics

The Shared Care Protocol for melatonin for use in children with sleep disturbance has been reviewed, with new products added and a change to how it will be prescribed in the community. The products listed are Bio-melatonin 3mg tablets, Circadin...

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Nadolol discontinued

Posted: August 31, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update

Nadolol is a beta blocker used mainly in the treatment of arrhythmias. The branded Corgard tablets have been discontinued by the manufacturer for commercial (not safety) reasons. There are unlicensed versions still available. Those patients usi...

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Public knowledge about antibiotics

Posted: August 03, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing

A recent systematic review on antimicrobial resistance published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy looked at the public’s knowledge and beliefs ab...

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Medicine Shortages

Posted: August 03, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Shortages

Shortages and discontinuations of medicines is an ongoing issue. The picture can change very quickly and different levels of stockholding in different pharmacies can mean one pharmacy reporting a shortage, while others may have sufficient stock...

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Safety: Buprenorphine patches

Posted: August 03, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Opioids Medication incidents

Brands are not all interchageable   Several brands of buprenorphine patches are available and these are not all interchangeable. We have previously reported a

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Patient education: Blood glucose monitoring

Posted: August 03, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Diabetes

Self monitoring of blood glucose is necessary for patients treated with insulin or other medication with a high risk of hypoglycaemia. The NHSGGC Blood Glucos...

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