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Contraceptive Advice: Valproate Medicines

Posted: October 29, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

Background A previous blog Drug Safety Information: valproate medicines highlighted the MHRA valproate medicines safety alert April 2018 regarding women taking valproate medicines. This article gives local expert advice...

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Clozapine and risk of life-threatening constipation

Posted: October 10, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

Key messages Constipation is a very common adverse effect of clozapine treatmentMortality rates associated with complications from clozapine-induced constipation are higher than the risk of fatal agranulocytosisThe risk o...

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Delirium: Medication Review in Acute

Posted: October 10, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

The NHSGGC Delirium Diagnosis, Risk Reduction and Management in Acute Services guideline recommends undertaking a medication review. This blog provides advice on how to undertake a medication review using the TIME structure (see below).

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MHRA Updates Sept 18

Posted: October 09, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

Drug Safety Update (September 2018) includes: Valproat...

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Guideline News Sept 2018

Posted: October 09, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

Updated Adult NHSGGC Guidelines now available on StaffNet

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New Evidence Challenges Omega-3 Beliefs

Posted: October 09, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

Key messages Clinical and cost-effective benefit of omega-3 fats is lacking NHSGGC Heart MCN supports review of patients prescribed them In July 20...

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Heart MCN Key Messages Sept 18

Posted: October 08, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

The Heart MCN have published their key messages for September 2018 here. Please note, information is included for the following medicines; edoxaban and 

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Parkinson’s Disease in Acute Care

Posted: September 11, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

The Medicines Update Extra Bulletin on Parkinson’s Disease (PD) in Acute Care has been updated. This consists of a main bulletin and 

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Guideline News Aug 2018

Posted: September 10, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

New Adult NHSGGC Guidelines now available on StaffNet

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Primary Care Prescribing Decision Support Tools

Posted: September 07, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

The NHSGGC Central Prescribing Team maintains several prescribing decision support tools for primary care such as;

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