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

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...

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Hepatitis B Vaccine Supply Update

Posted: August 30, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

Highlights the current shortage of adult hepatitis B vaccine.

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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.

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Zomorph® - Preferred Brand Oral Morphine M/R in Adults

Posted: August 25, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

MST® is currently the most frequently prescribed brand of morphine sulphate modified release (M/R) across NHSGGC. From 01/09/2017 the preferred choice of solid morphine sulphate M/R across primary and secondary care will change to Zomorph® capsules. 

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VTE – Diagnosis, treatment and prevention

Posted: August 25, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

A site dedicated to the prevention,diagnosis and management of venous thromboembolism (VTE) has recently been introduced onto StaffNet.

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Patients should finish the course of antibiotics

Posted: August 25, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

Concerns have been raised regarding the opinion piece published in the BMJ regarding antibiotic courses. See response from Dr Andrew Seaton, Chairman of the Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group (SAPG).

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Guideline News Aug 2017

Posted: August 09, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

Guideline News Aug 2017

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New BNF and BNFC App Launched

Posted: August 09, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

The publishers of the BNF and BNF for Children (BNFC) have launched a new BNF/BNFC App which will replace the existing NICE BNF and BNFC Apps.

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Do I really need to prescribe an immediate antibiotic for lower respiratory tract infections?

Posted: July 28, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

A recent large observational UK general practice study of 28,883 patients with uncomplicated lower respiratory tract infection (RTI) (BMJ 2017; 357:j2148) supports other evidence that there is little to be gained from prescribing immediate anti...

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Post-MI LVSD Teach and Treat

Posted: July 25, 2017.
Category - Medicines Update

Following agreement between NHS Education Scotland (NES), cardiology and pharmacy services in NHSGGC (September 2013), patients

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