NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Area Drug and Therapeutics Committee
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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

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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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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