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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

Immune checkpoint inhibitors : A new class of cancer medicine – Management of suspected adverse events

Posted: October 27, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

Immune checkpoint inhibitors are a relatively new class of cancer medicine. They can only be prescribed by cancer specialists, however, GP’s and non-cancer specialists should have an awareness of their unique spectrum of side effects an...

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Oral Mesalazine – Preferred Brands

Posted: October 25, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

Changes have been made to the recommendations on interchangeability of oral mesalazine preparations. The BNF now states that there is no evidence to show that any one oral preparation of mesalazine is more effective than another for ulcerative ...

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The BNF/BNFC interaction sections are changing

Posted: October 25, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

What’s new?The interactions section in the BNF and BNF for Children (BNFC) is changing. Print copies of BNF 74 and BNFC 2017-18 have the new format and digital versions (Medicines Complete and the new ...

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Nurse Prescribers’ Formulary

Posted: October 25, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

The Nurse Prescribers' Formulary (NPF) is being updated and the printed version is due to be circulated shortly. The list of medicinal substances has been reviewed and a number of changes suggested to ensure it is fully relevant to current...

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Freestyle Libre: what is it?

Posted: October 25, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Diabetes

The Freestyle Libre is a flash glucose monitoring system which measures interstitial fluid glucose levels. 

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Guideline News Oct 2017

Posted: October 23, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

New Adult NHSGGC Guidelines now available on StaffNet

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MHRA Updates September 2017

Posted: October 09, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

Drug Safety Update (September 2017) includes: Miconazole (Daktarin): over-the-counter or...

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Guideline News Sept 2017

Posted: October 09, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

New Adult NHSGGC Guidelines now available on StaffNet

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Mefenamic Acid Now Non-Formulary

Posted: October 09, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

Mefenamic acid is now non-formulary.Prescribers should review ongoing use and consider whether other NSAIDs may be appropriate. Ibuprofen and naproxen are the Preferred List first line options.Following consu...

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Atrial fibrillation – Who should be anticoagulated?

Posted: October 09, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

Patients with recurrent paroxysmal, persistent or permanent atrial fibrillation (AF) have a high risk of thromboembolism, particularly stroke. Compared to patients without AF, the absolute risk of stroke is increased almost five fold. One year ...

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