NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Area Drug and Therapeutics Committee
Greater Glasgow and Clyde Medicines

Medication incidents

Nystatin suspension storage

Posted: January 05, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Medication incidents

Two cases have been reported recently where a parent stored nystatin suspension for a baby in the fridge. The viscosity of the suspension increased, forming a gel which could not be shaken and was also associated with a risk of choking. The man...

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Safety: Buprenorphine patches

Posted: August 03, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Opioids Medication incidents

Brands are not all interchageable   Several brands of buprenorphine patches are available and these are not all interchangeable. We have previously reported a

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Mercaptopurine: safe prescribing

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

Mercaptopurine is an oral immunosuppressant used in the management of Crohn’s disease at doses ranging from 1 - 1.5mg/kg daily for adults (although some patients may respond to lower doses).  Higher doses are required when mercaptopu...

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Medicines Update Primary Care February 2016

Posted: February 11, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update Primary Care
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing Medication incidents Medicines reconciliation Prescribing MHRA Drug Safety Update Guidelines Update

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This bulletin contains information on:

  • Longterm Antimicrobial Prescribing
  • Primary Care Infection Management Guidelines
  • Mercaptopurine Dosing Error Risk
  • Blood Glucose Testing Strips Storage and Hygiene

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Safety Alert: Drugs with Similar Names

Posted: April 23, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Medication incidents

Rsreeach has swohn that as lnog as the fsrit and lsat lteter of a wrod is in the crorcet pcale tehn the wrod can be raed whuoitt a pbelorm.   There are several examples of errors which have happened because drugs have sim...

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Oxycodone safety

Posted: November 10, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Opioids Palliative Care Cancer Medication incidents Formulary Prescribing

The Controlled Drugs Accountable Officers’ Network for Scotland has published an updated on safe use of

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PostScript Acute 17 (June 2014)

Posted: May 27, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update Acute
Tagged with - Biologics Dabigatran Osteoporosis Antimicrobial Prescribing Anticoagulants Medication incidents gentamicin

In this issue:

  • Pharmacy prioritisation and referral
  • Novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs) in atrial fibrillation: Update
  • TNF alpha inhibitors: risk of tuberculosis
  • Guideline news
  • Learning from incidents: warfarin follow-up post-discharge
  • Gentamicin prescription chart: updated version
  • Reminder: how to safely prescribe weekly alendronic acid

Information included is specific to the use of medicines in the adult setting.

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Safety updates: Nitrofurantoin, contraceptives

Posted: May 05, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing Medication incidents

Nitrofurantoin in renal impairment The MHRA has intimated plans to amend the contraindication against use of nitrofurantoin in renal impairment from CrCl <60 mL/min to eGFR &l...

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PostScript 78 (November 2013)

Posted: November 05, 2013.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Alcohol Anticoagulants Medication incidents Medicines reconciliation

This edition contains articles on:   HIV treatments and drug interactions Adding “non-primary care” drugs to GP records Nalmefene for reduced alcohol consumption Safety updates: new oral ...

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PostScript Acute 13 (October 2013)

Posted: October 14, 2013.
Category - Medicines Update Acute
Tagged with - SIGN Antimicrobial Prescribing NICE Therapeutic Handbook Mental Health Medication incidents gentamicin Vancomycin Prescribing

In this issue

  • Gentamicin & vancomycin: update
  • Learning from incidents - vancomycin accumulation due to renal failure
  • Trakcare: changing the IDL
  • Reminder: missed doses of clozapine
  • Drug Safety Updates
  • Omeprazole infusion - changes to administration
  • Therapeutics Handbook 2013 - printed copies to be amended
  • Guideline News

 

Information included is specific to use of medicines in the adult setting.

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