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

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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Reducing risk of stroke in AF

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

Stroke prevention: a work in progress Three quarters of GP practices in NHSGGC have been successfully running GRASP-AF software since June 2014. This tool aims to help improve the management and care of patients with AF by assisting i...

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Vaccines in Immunosuppressed Patients

Posted: July 19, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Vaccines

The MHRA Drug Safety Update published in April 2016 reminds healthcare professionals of the risks of administering liv...

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SGLT2 Inhibitors diabetic ketoacidosis risk

Posted: July 06, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Diabetes

SGLT2 (sodium-glucose co-transporter 2) inhibitors are licensed for use in type 2 diabetes to improve diabetic control. We highlighted preliminary advice on the risks of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) in

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Naloxone in Primary Care

Posted: July 06, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Opioids

We previously highlighted advice for acute services on supply of take home doses for naloxone for patients at risk of drug overdose. There is no chang...

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