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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 ...


Medicines Update Primary Care September 2017

Posted: September 20, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update Primary Care
Tagged with - Dietetics MHRA Drug Safety Update Adrenaline Shortages

To view this bulletin in PDF format please click here

This bulletin contains information on :

  • Oral Nutritional Supplements (ONS) Project
  • Regaine® or Minoxidil
  • MHRA Updated Advice: Adrenaline Auto-injectors
  • MHRA Warning: Brimonidine Gel (Mirvaso®)
  • MHRA Reclassifies Maloff Protect®
  • Drug Shortages


Community Pharmacy Update: Aug 2017

Posted: September 14, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update Community Pharmacy

The latest Community Pharmacy Update bulletin can be found here. It contains items on:

  • Making the Most of My Medicines (MMy)
  • Pharmaceutical Waste
  • Seasonal Flu Vaccination
  • Pseudoephedrine and Ephedrine
  • Achieving Excellance in Pharmaceutical Care
  • Opportunity to help develop mobile app
  • SPSP
  • ONS

Published 14/09/17


Adult Therapeutics Handbook: Content Update Sept 2017

Posted: September 07, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update Acute

Adult Therapeutics Handbook: Content Update Sept 2017   The Therapeutics Handbook content has now been updated and includes the following main change:


GMAWS - Updated Alcohol Withdrawal Recommendations

Posted: September 06, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

UPDATED ALCOHOL WITHDRAWAL RECOMMENDATIONS Summary of Key Changes New Pabrinex® prescription recommendations for patients ‘at risk’ of Wernicke’s Encephalopa...


Formulary Update (August 2017)

Posted: September 04, 2017.
Category - Formulary Update

This post summarises the latest NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde decisions relating to new medicines considered by the Area Drug and Therapeutics Committee (ADTC) and uses a nationally developed format specifically aimed for patients and the public.

For full details of the medicines included in this post that are available for use, including any restrictions on prescribing, please see the relevant entry in the GGC Formulary.


Hepatitis B Vaccine Supply Update

Posted: August 30, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

Highlights the current shortage of adult hepatitis B vaccine.


MHRA Updates July & August 2017

Posted: August 28, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

Drug Safety Update (August 2017) includes: Ibrutinib (Imbruvica ...


Oral NSAIDs – What’s new?

Posted: August 25, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

The GGC Oral NSAID guideline has recently been updated. Ibuprofen and naproxen remain the NSAIDs of choice. The prescribing notes have been updated and include additional information on acute kidney injury and hepatic impairment.


MUE 06: Oral NSAIDs - An Update

Posted: August 25, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update Extra


 Oral NSAIDs - An Update

** This bulletin supersedes PostScript Extra No. 24 **

  • There is considerable variation in individual response and tolerance to NSAIDs, but little difference in anti-inflammatory activity.
  • All NSAIDs should be avoided if possible in patients with a history of vascular disease, a high risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), or gastrointestinal (GI) risk factors.
  • Treatment choice depends on individual response, risk factors and adverse effects, particularly GI and cardiovascular (CV) complications.
  • The lowest effective dose to control the patient’s symptoms, for the shortest duration possible, should be used. The use of ‘as required’ NSAIDs should be considered where appropriate.
  • The preferred non-selective NSAIDs are ibuprofen or naproxen. A proton pump inhibitor (PPI) may be required depending on GI risk.