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Buprenorphine prescribing

Posted: Friday, May 5, 2017

Category - Medicines Update

The NHSGGC Substitute Prescribing Management Group has decided to change from Suboxone® (buprenorphine and naloxone) to generic single agent buprenorphine 0.4mg, 2mg and 8mg sublingual tablets across all Addiction servic...
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Dabigatran: colour change

Posted: Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Category - Medicines Update

The manufacturer of dabigatran (Pradaxa®) has written to healthcare professionals to advise that the colour of the capsule is being changed in a move that is likely to improve patient safety.   Dabig...
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Sacubitril / valsartan

Posted: Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Category - Medicines Update

Heart MCN Key Message   All new initiations of sacubitril/valsartan must be discussed on an individual patient basis with a consultant with special interest in heart failure. For safety reasons, every patient commenced on...
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C diff infections and PPIs

Posted: Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Category - Medicines Update

There was an increase in Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) rates within NHSGGC in quarter 3 last year. A review of cases highlighted that almost half of the patients with CDI were prescribed a proton pump inhibitor ...

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Nystatin Dose Clarification

Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Category - Medicines Update

In 2016, the dose of nystatin oral suspension was increased in the print issue of BNF 72 (Sept 16 – March 17) and in the BNF for Children (BNFC) 2016-2017. The dose change was in line with the Nystan...

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Disulfiram shortage

Posted: Monday, January 23, 2017

Category - Medicines Update

Disulfiram is used as an adjunct in the treatment of chronic alcohol dependence. There is a current shortage of disulfiram 200mg tablets and further stocks are not expected until October 2017.   NHSGGC has patients being pr...

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