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Zika virus

Posted: February 25, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update

There is an ongoing outbreak of Zika virus infections in South and Central America and the Caribbean with increasing evidence that infection in pregnancy may be associated with fetal microcephaly and other central nervous system abnormalities. ...

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Prostatitis antibiotic course length

Posted: February 25, 2016.
Category - Medicines Update
Tagged with - Antimicrobial Prescribing

Acute bacterial prostatitis is a serious infection with fever and intense local pain.

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Prescribing from outpatient settings

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

The Area Drug & Therapeutics Committee has approved an updated policy on the supply of medici...

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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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