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

Insulin Insuman Shortage

Posted: December 02, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Diabetes

There is a supply shortage of all Insuman® Basal and Insuman® Comb25 products   High Risk Patients For some high risk patients (aged under 18 year or 70 years and over, pregnancy, allergies ...

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Quetiapine MR non-Formulary

Posted: November 29, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Mental Health

Quetiapine modified release (MR) preparations are no longer included in the NHSGGC Adult Formulary due to the higher acquisition cost and lack of evidence of benefit over the immediate release (IR) preparation.   Quetiapine...

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Oxycodone Brand Prescribing

Posted: November 29, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Opioids

Increasing numbers of patient safety incidents involving oral oxycodone medicines have been reported to the Board CD Accountable Officer Teams across Scotland. One of the common errors is administration or prescribing of long acting instead of ...

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Clozapine induced constipation

Posted: November 29, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Mental Health

How serious is clozapine induced constipation? The short answer is potentially fatal. Constipation is an acknowledged side effect of clozapine but patients are reluctant to report it. Indeed there is some suggestion that the impact of clozapine...

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Varenicline for Smoking Cessation

Posted: November 10, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Smoking Cessation

Varenicline has been added to the NHSGGC Formulary Preferred List, along with nicotine replacement therapy (NRT).

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Wound dressings

Posted: November 10, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Wounds

The Therapeutic subgroup of ADTC have issued some prescribing reminders for those working in primary care. The full document can be accessed

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Amiodarone and dronedarone

Posted: November 10, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Dronedarone

Amiodarone and dronedarone are both included in the NHSGGC Total Formulary restricted to specialist initiation.  ...

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Antibiotic Awareness

Posted: October 26, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing

The 2016 European Antibiotic Awareness Day falls on 18th November. More information on how to be an antibiotic guardian can be found at http://antibioticguardian.com/  

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Creatinine Clearance Calculator

Posted: October 26, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update

The NHSGGC Creatinine Clearance Calculator for adult patients is now available for desktop users here under the “other links” secti...

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What antimicrobial guidance should I use?

Posted: September 19, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing

Current antimicrobial reference sources available for use by healthcare professionals in NHSGGC are:   The primary care GP Antibiotics app from the

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