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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

European Antibiotic Awareness Day: 18th November

Posted: November 09, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing

  The World Health Organization estimates that antibiotics treatments add an average of 20 years to all of our lives. But in the 80 years since the discovery of penicillin, our overuse of antibiotics has lead to the emergence of un...

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Linezolid

Posted: November 09, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing

  This antibiotic is included on the Formulary restricted to hospital-based use on the advice of a microbiologist or infectious disease physician. Prolonged use (>2 weeks) should usually be avoided. There may be exceptional circ...

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High strength insulins

Posted: November 09, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Diabetes

Insulin glargine 300 units/ml (Toujeo®) for the treatment of type 1 or type 2 diabetes mellitus in adults is not included in the GGC Adult Formulary as clinicians do not support inclusion.   There are significant c...

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Magnesium Replacement Therapy

Posted: November 09, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update

Magnesium aspartate dihydrate sachets (Magnaspartate®) have been added to the GGC Adult Formulary for the treatment and prevention of magnesium deficiency, as diagnosed by a doctor. This is the first licensed oral ...

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Prescribing for yourself, friends or family

Posted: October 23, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Prescribing

The professional bodies linked to medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and nursing and midwifery have all issued standards or guidance on prescribing. They all recommend that practitioners should not prescribe for themselves or anyone with whom they ...

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Yellow Card Roadshow

Posted: October 20, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update

Yellow Card Centre Scotland: Centre for Adverse Reactions to Drugs Scotland (CARDS)   Yellow Card – 50 Years and Counting – What next in its evolution?

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Heart MCN key messages September 2015

Posted: October 06, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Anticoagulants

Primary care education evening on chest pain management The Heart MCN is planning to run primary care education evening in November, focusing on the management of chest pain and acute coronary syndromes, GRASP-AF audi...

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Blood Glucose Testing

Posted: October 06, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Diabetes

The MHRA has issued an alert on potential for incorrect reading wit...

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PPIs and skin reactions

Posted: October 06, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update

The MHRA Drug Safety Update published in September 2015 highlighted a link between PPIs and very ...

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LMWH in patients with solid tumours

Posted: October 06, 2015.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Anticoagulants

SMC have accepted tinzaparin for extended treatment of symptomatic venous thromboembolism and prevention of its recurrence, in patients with solid tumours. NHSGGC specialists advise that dalteparin should remain our LMWH of choice in cancer pat...

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