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

BNF and BNF for Children (BNFC) errors

Posted: December 17, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update

BNF publications have re-designed the print and online versions of the BNF.  The first issue of the new look BNF 70 and BNFC 2015-16 were published in September 2015.  Since publication, a number of issues including dose errors have been identified. 

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Pioglitazone shortage

Posted: December 14, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Diabetes

All strengths of pioglitazone tablets are currently in short supply. Further deliveries are expected during December and January however overall supply may be limited.  To conserve supplies and ensure that patient management is not comprom...

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Instalments for CDs

Posted: December 14, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Opioids Benzodiazepines

Instalment Prescriptions for CDs: Updated Home Office Wording   Prescriptions for Controlled Drugs which are supplied in instalments must contain specific wording to allow supply in advance of public holida...

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Drugs for Doctors’ Medical Bags

Posted: November 16, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update

The Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin has published advice on which drugs might be suitable for GPs to carry on home visits. One article looks at adults; one at

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Ketamine

Posted: November 16, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Prescribing

On Monday 30th November 2015, ketamine will become a schedule 2 Controlled Drug. The change was introduced on the advice of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs following increasing evidence o...

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Controlled Drugs: Private Requisition Forms

Posted: November 16, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Opioids

From Monday 30th November, new legislation governing the paperwork to be used for stock orders for schedule 2 or 3 CDs in the community is coming into force. We have been advised that there is no change to the existing arrang...

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Mirabegron and severe hypertension

Posted: November 16, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - MHRA Drug Safety Update

Following reports of severe hypertension including hypertensive crisis associated with cerebrovascular and cardiac events, the

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Tiotropium for asthma

Posted: November 16, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Respiratory

Tiotropium has been added to the Adult Total Formulary as add on treatment in adult asthmatic patients at step 4 with poorly controlled asthma (at least one course of oral steroids for a severe exacerbation in the last year) who have persistent...

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European Antibiotic Awareness Day: 18th November

Posted: November 09, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing

  The World Health Organization estimates that antibiotics treatments add an average of 20 years to all of our lives. But in the 80 years since the discovery of penicillin, our overuse of antibiotics has lead to the emergence of un...

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Linezolid

Posted: November 09, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing

  This antibiotic is included on the Formulary restricted to hospital-based use on the advice of a microbiologist or infectious disease physician. Prolonged use (>2 weeks) should usually be avoided. There may be exceptional circ...

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