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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

What parents want from GPs

Posted: May 16, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing

What parents want from GP consultation for their child's cough or RTI The University of Bristol have produced an animation covering some of the issues which GPs and parents consider during consultations. GPs often thin...

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Sacubitril/valsartan

Posted: May 06, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - SMC

Sacubitril/valsartan (Entresto®) represents a new therapeutic option for patients with chronic heart failure and reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). It is prescribed instead of an ACE inhibitor or ARB. Sacubitril enhances the...

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Alendronic acid

Posted: May 06, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Osteoporosis

New formulation Binosto® 70mg effervescent tablets have been added to Total Formulary restricted to patients who are unable to swallow tablets where alendronic acid is the appropriate...

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The ABPI View

Posted: May 06, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update

Database of transfers of value to HCPs goes live in June Disclosure UK – the pharmaceutical industry-led, publicly available database...

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Working with Clinical Suppliers

Posted: May 06, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update

Key actions All NHSGGC staff must: Be aware of and follow the NHSGGC

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Liothyronine

Posted: April 25, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update

Levothyroxine is included in the NHSGGC Adult Formulary preferred list and is the NHSGGC thyroid hormone of choice. It is cost-effective, suitable for once daily dosing due to its long half-life and provides stable and physiological levels of t...

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Trazodone: significant cost increase

Posted: April 25, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Mental Health

In recent months there have been a number of price increases affecting medicines prescribed for mental health indications.  It is projected that these price increases will cost NHSGGC an extra £600k in 2016/17 for trazodone alone. Th...

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My diabetes my way

Posted: April 25, 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 and...

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Polypharmacy App

Posted: April 11, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update

In NHSGGC, inappropriate polypharmacy has been a focus of the Mindful Prescribing Strategy from the ADTC Polypharmacy Subgroup and as well as GP initiatives. The issue has been recognised in

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Nicorandil: risk of ulceration

Posted: April 11, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - MHRA Drug Safety Update

The MHRA has informed health professionals of important changes to the licensed indications, modific...

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