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European survey on antibiotic use and resistance

Posted: February 01, 2019.
Category - Medicines Update

Health Protection Scotland is coordinating a call for healthcare professionals in Scotland to participate in a European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) funded survey to assess healthcare workers’ knowledge and perceptions...

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Therapeutics Handbook: Additional Update Jan 19

Posted: January 31, 2019.
Category - Medicines Update

There has been a content update to two guidelines within the Infections chapter of the GGC Medicines Adult Therapeutics Handbook including the following main changes:

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DOAC Booklet survey

Posted: January 25, 2019.
Category - Medicines Update

Thanks to the support from NHS Health Improvement Scotland (HIS), a new ‘DOAC Patient Information Booklet and Alert Card’ pack was launched across NHS GGC in the Autumn/ Winter of 2018. More details on this resource can be found

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TrakCare Referral to the Anticoagulation Service

Posted: January 22, 2019.
Category - Medicines Update

Prior to discharge, a prescriber must refer all patients on, or to be commenced on warfarin (or acenocoumarol) to the Glasgow and Clyde Anticoagulation Service (GCAS).  This should be regardless of whether: Their ant...

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Restrictions on travelling with medicines

Posted: January 22, 2019.
Category - Medicines Update

Restrictions on travelling with medicines Restrictions on the carriage of medicines (including controlled drugs) vary from country to country and travell...

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Antiretrovirals for the treatment of HIV in Acute

Posted: January 22, 2019.
Category - Medicines Update

Key messages Many antiretrovirals (ARVs) have a high potential for drug interactions.  ALWAYS check specialist interaction sources for any new medicines prescribed (see ‘more information’ below)....

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New Guideline - Treatment of IDA

Posted: January 21, 2019.
Category - Medicines Update

NEW GUIDELINE Treatment of IDA: Oral and IV Iron Therapy  A new GGC guideline on the Treatment of Iron Deficiency Anaemia (IDA) is now available on StaffNet

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Guideline News Dec 2018

Posted: January 16, 2019.
Category - Medicines Update

Guideline News Dec 2018 New Adult NHSGGC Guidelines now available on StaffNet

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Therapeutics Handbook Update Jan 2019

Posted: January 07, 2019.
Category - Medicines Update

There has been a content update to guidelines within the Infections chapter of the GGC Medicines Adult Therapeutics Handbook. The update brings the Therapeutics Handbook into line with the Empirical Antibiotic Therapy, Infection Management...

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Ensuring appropriate use of temocillin

Posted: December 18, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

Ensuring appropriate use of TEMOCILLIN – advice for all healthcare professionals  Gram negative resistance to temocillin is increasing and increasing temocillin use has been associated with s...

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