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

Therapeutics Handbook Update Aug 2019

The Adult Therapeutics Handbook content has now been updated. The following guidelines have had minor content updates:

Controlled Drug Prescribing

Guideline for Phenytoin Dose Calculations

Protected Antimicrobial Policy

Management of Hypernatraemia

Prescribing Notes for Palliative care and Persistent Pain in Older Patients

Management of Pneumonia


Other changes include:

Investigation of Unilateral Pleural Effusion

Now includes references to the following GGC guidelines on StaffNet:

Chest Drain Guideline, Acute

Anticoagulation and Antiplatelet Management, Pleural Disease


Acute Exacerbation of COPD

Now advises avoiding steroid dose tapering unless in certain circumstances. Further details are available in the ‘Prior to discharge’ section of guideline.


Management of Gout

Is now an abbreviated version of the GGC Acute and Chronic Gout Management guideline available on StaffNet.


Please familiarise yourself with the above guidelines as appropriate and if you have not already done so update your App on receipt of the notification. If you are not able to update your App then please refer to the GGCMedicines desktop site here as the website content is always live with the most up to date information. For more information or assistance with any aspect of the GGC Medicines app or Therapeutics handbook please contact therapeutics.handbook@ggc.scot.nhs.uk.


Published 20/08/19. Medicines Update blogs are correct at the time of publication.