NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Area Drug and Therapeutics Committee
Greater Glasgow and Clyde Medicines

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

Xaggitin® XL (Methylphenidate M/R Tablets)

Posted: March 09, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

Key messages Xaggitin® XL is now the preferred brand of methylphenidate prolonged-release tablets and should be prescribed across all care settings instead of Concer...

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New DOAC booklet & alert card coming soon

Posted: March 09, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

A new direct oral anticoagulant (DOAC) Patient Information Booklet and Alert Card have been developed for use across NHSGGC. It includes information tailored to patients and carers on: What  a DOAC is How to t...

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MHRA Updates Feb 2018

Posted: March 05, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

Drug Safety Update (February 2018) includes Misoprostal vaginal delivery system (Mysodell...

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Therapeutics Handbook: Update March 2018

Posted: March 05, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

The Therapeutics Handbook content has now been updated and includes the following main changes: Respiratory   Th...

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Why should I update my GGC Medicines App?

Posted: February 21, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

When my GGC Medicines App tells me to update should I listen?

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Administration error: 48 hourly IV Gentamicin

Posted: February 20, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

There have been recent incidents across GG&C involving 48 hourly IV gentamicin which was prescribed a day in advance and subsequently  administered 24 hours earlier than intended.  This may potentially lead to gentamicin toxicity ...

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Thromboprophylaxis in Orthopaedics - an update

Posted: February 19, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

The NHSGGC Guideline on Orthopaedic Thromboprophylaxis for Patients Admitted to Hospital has been reviewed and updated. This is now available on the Clinical Guideline Repository on Staffnet

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Medicine shortages – where to find info

Posted: February 19, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

Our NEW Medicine Supply Pro...

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SSRIs/SNRIs - Risk of bleeding

Posted: February 19, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

Key points SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) and SNRIs (serotonin noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors) are associated with a risk of bleeding, especially upper GI bleedingThe risk of GI bleeding ...

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Safe Use of Lithium

Posted: February 19, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

Key messages: Lithium is a gold standard treatment for maintenance treatment of bipolar affective disorder Lithium has a high potential for toxicity and requires careful monitoring to ensure its safe and...

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