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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

Prostate cancer: recent advances

Posted: February 12, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Cancer

In recent months there have been significant developments in the treatment in advanced prostate cancer.  Most prostate cancers depend on androgens, principally testosterone, for growth and survival. In metastatic disease, first line treatm...

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UTI prophylaxis in men

Posted: February 12, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing

One of the current areas of focus in antimicrobial management is appropriate long term use of antibiotics. The Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribi...

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Mercaptopurine: safe prescribing

Posted: February 12, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Medication incidents

Mercaptopurine is an oral immunosuppressant used in the management of Crohn’s disease at doses ranging from 1 - 1.5mg/kg daily for adults (although some patients may respond to lower doses).  Higher doses are required when mercaptopu...

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Wound management products update

Posted: January 18, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing Wounds

The updated Wound Management Formulary (December 2015) is now available. This provides not only a list of approved products for acute and primar...

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Genuair inhalers: potential safety issue

Posted: January 18, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Respiratory

Unlike many inhalers, the dose counter for Duaklir® (aclidinium/formoterol) and Eklira® (aclidinium) Genuair® products reduce in intervals of 10 inhalations: 60, 50, 40, 30, 20, 10, 0.   We have...

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Denosumab shared care for osteoporosis

Posted: January 18, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Osteoporosis

Denosumab 60mg/1mL is a second line drug used in the treatment of osteoporosis to reduce the risk of hip, vertebral and non-vertebral fractures. It is admi...

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Anticoagulants and dental procedures

Posted: January 18, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Dabigatran Anticoagulants Antiplatelets

Anticoagulants or antiplatelets for patients undergoing dental procedures New guidance on the Management of Dental Patients Taking Anticoagulants or Antiplatelet Drugs has been p...

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Ventmax and Pulvinal discontinued

Posted: January 18, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Respiratory Asthma

There are small numbers of patients using these products. Advice on switching is given below.   Ventmax® salbutamol tablets: Inhalation route preferred for salbutamol.

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Insuman insulin shortage

Posted: January 18, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Diabetes

Sanofi have announced there will be a temporary and short-term supply shortage of Insuman® Basal pre-filled pens Insuman® Basal cartridges Insuman® Comb25 (pre-mixed insulin) pre-filled pens.

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Twitter and Facebook

Posted: December 28, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update

Twitter: follow us at @NHSGGCMeds or search the hashtag #ggcmedicines Facebook: search and like NHSGGC Medicines Update.   NHSGGC Medicin...

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