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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

Access to the British National Formulary and British National Formulary for Children

Posted: May 20, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update

Access to the British National Formulary (BNF) and British National Formulary for children (BNFC)The BNF and BNFC publications are available either electronically or as a printed book version.  The preferred method o...

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Blood Glucose Monitoring

Posted: May 16, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Diabetes

Self Monitoring of Blood Glucose Self monitoring of blood glucose is necessary for patients treated with insulin or other medication with a high risk of hypoglycaemia. The updated NHSGGC Read More...

Ask About Your Medicines

Posted: May 16, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update

 NHSGGC “Ask About Your Medicines” Campaign 2016   The Polypharmacy Patient Information Group launched the “Ask About...

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What parents want from GPs

Posted: May 16, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing

What parents want from GP consultation for their child's cough or RTI The University of Bristol have produced an animation covering some of the issues which GPs and parents consider during consultations. GPs often thin...

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Sacubitril/valsartan

Posted: May 06, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - SMC

Sacubitril/valsartan (Entresto®) represents a new therapeutic option for patients with chronic heart failure and reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). It is prescribed instead of an ACE inhibitor or ARB. Sacubitril enhances the...

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Alendronic acid

Posted: May 06, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Osteoporosis

New formulation Binosto® 70mg effervescent tablets have been added to Total Formulary restricted to patients who are unable to swallow tablets where alendronic acid is the appropriate...

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The ABPI View

Posted: May 06, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update

Database of transfers of value to HCPs goes live in June Disclosure UK – the pharmaceutical industry-led, publicly available database...

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Working with Clinical Suppliers

Posted: May 06, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update

Key actions All NHSGGC staff must: Be aware of and follow the NHSGGC

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Liothyronine

Posted: April 25, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update

Levothyroxine is included in the NHSGGC Adult Formulary preferred list and is the NHSGGC thyroid hormone of choice. It is cost-effective, suitable for once daily dosing due to its long half-life and provides stable and physiological levels of t...

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Trazodone: significant cost increase

Posted: April 25, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Mental Health

In recent months there have been a number of price increases affecting medicines prescribed for mental health indications.  It is projected that these price increases will cost NHSGGC an extra £600k in 2016/17 for trazodone alone. Th...

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