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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

Paediatric Infection Guidelines

Posted: April 11, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing Paediatrics Guidelines Update

The

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Valproate and risk of abnormal pregnancy outcomes: new communication materials

Posted: March 14, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - pregnancy valproate

Valproate and risk of abnormal pregnancy outcomes: new communication materials In January 2015, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) published

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Acne, Rosacea: Long Term Antibiotic Use

Posted: March 11, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing

Long term antibiotics remain the mainstay of treatment for moderate to severe acne. Given increasing concern about appropriate long term use of antibiotics, the Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group have produced

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Antibiotics: Public Understanding

Posted: March 11, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing

As part of the European Antibiotic Awareness Day, the Glasgow North East Prescribing Team ran a stall in Easterhouse Shopping Centre with quizzes on appropriate antibiotic use. The intention was to gauge public knowledge and awareness around ap...

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Bisphosphonates and ear canal osteonecrosis

Posted: February 25, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Osteoporosis

There is a well established link between osteonecrosis of the jaw and bisphosphonates. 

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Zika virus

Posted: February 25, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update

There is an ongoing outbreak of Zika virus infections in South and Central America and the Caribbean with increasing evidence that infection in pregnancy may be associated with fetal microcephaly and other central nervous system abnormalities. ...

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Prostatitis antibiotic course length

Posted: February 25, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing

Acute bacterial prostatitis is a serious infection with fever and intense local pain.

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Prescribing from outpatient settings

Posted: February 12, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Prescribing

The Area Drug & Therapeutics Committee has approved an updated policy on the supply of medici...

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Prostate cancer: recent advances

Posted: February 12, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Cancer

In recent months there have been significant developments in the treatment in advanced prostate cancer.  Most prostate cancers depend on androgens, principally testosterone, for growth and survival. In metastatic disease, first line treatm...

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UTI prophylaxis in men

Posted: February 12, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing

One of the current areas of focus in antimicrobial management is appropriate long term use of antibiotics. The Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribi...

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