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

Adding hospital medicines to GP practice systems

Posted: May 04, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

Within General Practice, it is beneficial to ensure that a patient's medicine record includes medicines that may be prescribed and supplied outwith the GP practice, such as the acute sector, community mental health teams. Examples of drugs...

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Hypoglycaemia treatment with sugary drinks

Posted: May 04, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Diabetes

In response to the forthcoming “Sugar Tax” levy on the production of sugary drinks, many manufacturers are significantly reducing the amount of sugar in their products. This has implications for diabetics who may use drinks, most co...

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Dabigatran: colour change

Posted: April 25, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

The manufacturer of dabigatran (Pradaxa®) has written to healthcare professionals to advise that the colour of the capsule is being changed in a move that is likely to improve patient safety.   Dabig...

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Sacubitril / valsartan

Posted: April 25, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Guidelines Update

Heart MCN Key Message   All new initiations of sacubitril/valsartan must be discussed on an individual patient basis with a consultant with special interest in heart failure. For safety reasons, every patient commenced on...

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C diff infections and PPIs

Posted: April 25, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing

There was an increase in Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) rates within NHSGGC in quarter 3 last year. A review of cases highlighted that almost half of the patients with CDI were prescribed a proton pump inhibitor ...

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Nystatin Dose Clarification

Posted: April 19, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

In 2016, the dose of nystatin oral suspension was increased in the print issue of BNF 72 (Sept 16 – March 17) and in the BNF for Children (BNFC) 2016-2017. The dose change was in line with the Nystan...

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Ensure safe and appropriate use of antibiotics

Posted: April 03, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing

There are a number of strategies which can be used to ensure the safe and appropriate use of antibiotics.   Current

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Delayed antibiotic prescribing

Posted: April 03, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing

The TARGET toolkit contains patient information leaflets inten...

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Hyoscine hydrobromide tablets

Posted: March 09, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Shortages

There is a manufacturer supply problem with hyoscine hydrobromide tablets (Kwells, Kwells Kids and Joy-Rides) and these preparations will be unavailable until at least March 2017. In addition to their licensed indication of motion sickness, the...

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Fosfomycin

Posted: March 09, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing

Oral fosfomycin trometamol (Monuril®) is indicated in adults for the treatment of uncomplicated lower urinary tract infection (UTI) following microbiological isolation of susceptible organisms. It should be considered as a treatment option ...

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