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.

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

Administration error: 48 hourly IV Gentamicin

Posted: February 20, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

There have been recent incidents across GG&C involving 48 hourly IV gentamicin which was prescribed a day in advance and subsequently  administered 24 hours earlier than intended.  This may potentially lead to gentamicin toxicity ...

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Thromboprophylaxis in Orthopaedics - an update

Posted: February 19, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

The NHSGGC Guideline on Orthopaedic Thromboprophylaxis for Patients Admitted to Hospital has been reviewed and updated. This is now available on the Clinical Guideline Repository on Staffnet

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Medicine shortages – where to find info

Posted: February 19, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

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SSRIs/SNRIs - Risk of bleeding

Posted: February 19, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

Key points SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) and SNRIs (serotonin noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors) are associated with a risk of bleeding, especially upper GI bleedingThe risk of GI bleeding ...

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Safe Use of Lithium

Posted: February 19, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

Key messages: Lithium is a gold standard treatment for maintenance treatment of bipolar affective disorder Lithium has a high potential for toxicity and requires careful monitoring to ensure its safe and...

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Therapeutics Handbook: Content Update Jan 18

Posted: January 29, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

The Therapeutics Handbook content has now been updated and includes the following main changes: Drug Overdose and Toxicity

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Use of Antivirals for Flu

Posted: January 19, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

The NHSGGC Antimicrobial Management Team have published guidance on the use of antivirals for influenza. This guidance includes a link to the Public Health England guidance which has been approved for use in Scotland by the Scottish Health...

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Yellow Card Reporting

Posted: January 19, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

The following is a message from Yellow Card Scotland: ‘’The Yellow Card (YC) reporting data for Scotland for the Year 2016-17 is now available in our

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LHRH agonists for Prostate Cancer

Posted: January 19, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

LHRH agonists have an important role in the management of prostate cancer.  Within NHSGGC, leuprorelin (Prostap® DCS brand) is the medicine of choice for new patients where castration therapy with an LHRH agonist i...

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Hyperkalaemia in HF: Primary Care Management

Posted: January 19, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

Key messages Eplerenone and spironolactone are mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists (MRAs) Combining ACEI (or ARB) with MRA in patients with HF due to reduced LVEF improves major outcomes C...

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