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

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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Diabetes MCN

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

the Diabetes MCN Key Messages for January 2017 are available here and contain information on:   Scot...

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Fewer antibiotics being prescribed

Posted: February 02, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing

Fewer antibiotics being prescribed in Scotland Figures to the end of 2015 show that antibiotic prescribing in Scotland is still reducing. Around 30% of the Scottish population had at least...

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Morphine injection: care required

Posted: February 02, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Opioids

NHSGGC Acute services have highlighted potential for error between morphine 10mg/ml and 1mg/ml injections. This could be at various different stages of use such as ordering, issue, receipt, recording and administration.   <...

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Changes to availability of Tegretol® suppositories

Posted: February 02, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

Tegretol Suppositories (125 mg & 250 mg) are being discontinued. All other formulations of Tegretol remain available.  “Carbamazepine Essential Pharma 125 mg & 250 mg Suppositories”, are now ava...

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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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