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

Latest News & Postscripts

PostScript Community Pharmacy June 2014

Posted: June 11, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update Community Pharmacy

The latest edition is available here. Articles cover the following topics: NHS Healthcare provision to Police Custody Suites...


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.


PostScript Primary Care - May 2014

Posted: May 13, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update Primary Care
Tagged with - Opioids Benzodiazepines Anticoagulants Methotrexate Parkinson's disease

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This bulletin contains information on:

  • Low Dose Naltrexone
  • New oral anticoagulants
  • Chronic non-malignant pain opioid guidelines - updated
  • Reducing prescribing of hypnotics and anxiolytics
  • Methotrexate and trimethoprim interaction
  • Depression treatment guideline
  • Vitamin B12 Injections



Formulary News (Apr 2014)

Posted: May 06, 2014.
Category - Formulary Update

Greater Glasgow and Clyde Area Drug and Therapeutics Committee (ADTC) met on 28th April. The Formulary decisions from that meeting are summarised in this post


PostScript 81 PDF (May 2014)

Posted: May 05, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update

This edition can be accessed in PDF format here and contains articles on:   Novel oral anticoagulant update New oral products for multiple sclerosis Tramadol to become controlled drug ...


Novel Oral Anticoagulants (NOACs): update

Posted: May 05, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Anticoagulants

  Inclusion of the NOACs (dabigatran, rivaroxaban, apixaban) on the NHSGGC Formulary is established for existing patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) who are intolerant of, or poor...


New oral therapies for Multiple Sclerosis

Posted: May 05, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - SMC

It is exciting times in the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) with the approval of two new oral therapies for the treatment of the relapsing remitting form of the disease; dimethyl fumarate and teriflunomide. There has bee...


Tramadol and changes to Controlled Drug Legislation

Posted: May 05, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Opioids

Tramadol to be a Schedule 3 Controlled Drug The Home Office has announced changes to CD classification for a number of drugs which should be implemented from 10th June ...


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...


Kid's corner: Specials

Posted: May 05, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update

Kid’s Corner: Specials Specials may be required if a particular preparation is required but not available; for example a liquid for an unusual dose, or to overcome swallowin...