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.

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

Parkinson’s Disease in Acute Care

Posted: September 11, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

The Medicines Update Extra Bulletin on Parkinson’s Disease (PD) in Acute Care has been updated. This consists of a main bulletin and 

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Guideline News Aug 2018

Posted: September 10, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

New Adult NHSGGC Guidelines now available on StaffNet

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Primary Care Prescribing Decision Support Tools

Posted: September 07, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

The NHSGGC Central Prescribing Team maintains several prescribing decision support tools for primary care such as;

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Clozapine and cytotoxic treatments

Posted: September 05, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

Key messages The side effect profile of clozapine means it is subject to mandatory processes and monitoring which are intended to ensure patient safety Concurrent use of medications known to cause neutr...

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Crohn’s Disease: Use of Biologics in Adults

Posted: August 17, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

The NHSGGC guideline previously entitled ‘Anti Tumour Necrosis Factor Alpha Medications In Adult Crohn’s Disease’ has been reviewed and updated. This is now available on the Clinical Guideline Repository on Staffnet

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Name change from enoxaparin Becat® to Arovi®

Posted: August 17, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

Name change from enoxaparin Becat® to Arovi® and availability of 120mg and 150mg pre-filled syringes Key points: Enoxaparin Becat® is changing its name to Arovi®....

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Dipyridamole MR Supply Issues

Posted: August 17, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

Dipyridamole MR 200mg is currently subject to supply disruptions, with no definitive date as to when or if the situation will be resolved. Persantin Retard® (dipyridamole 200mg MR) has been discontinued by the manufacture...

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ONS for adult patients with dysphagia

Posted: August 17, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

The following information is for all clinicians who initiate prescriptions for ONS (oral nutritional supplements) for patients with dysphagia. In the interests of patient safety, care must be taken with this patient group to avoid aspir...

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Clozapine supply and missed doses in Acute

Posted: August 17, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

Key messages: Acute hospital sites in NHSGGC do not stock clozapine Clozapine is generally supplied from Leverndale Pharmacy Leverndale Pharmacy should be contacted (including out of hours) wh...

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Prescribing Initiatives and Indicators

Posted: August 10, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

Details of the 2018-19 prescribing initiative have been sent to GP practices.  To date 89% of GP practices (210/235) have committed to undertake the following six actions. This year’s initiative focuses on: Pre...

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