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Gluten Free Food Provision in Scotland

Posted: March 25, 2019.
Category - Medicines Update

The Scottish Government’s approach remains that within NHS Scotland, individuals who have an appropriate clinical diagnosis should still be able to access a wide range of staple gluten free foods (GFF) on NHS prescription.  The Depar...

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SGLT2 Inhibitors - Reports of Fournier’s Gangrene

Posted: March 25, 2019.
Category - Medicines Update

By January 2019, the MHRA had received six Yellow Card reports (four in men and two in wom...

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Aspirin plus Rivaroxaban in stable CAD

Posted: March 25, 2019.
Category - Medicines Update

Key messages Low dose rivaroxaban (2.5mg twice daily) is now licensed in combination with aspirin for the prevention of atherothrombotic events in adult patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) or symptomatic ...

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Guideline News Mar 2019

Posted: March 22, 2019.
Category - Medicines Update

New Adult NHSGGC Guidelines now available on StaffNet

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Guideline News Feb 2019

Posted: March 15, 2019.
Category - Medicines Update

New Adult NHSGGC Guidelines now available on StaffNet

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Faulty FreeStyle Libre Advice

Posted: March 13, 2019.
Category - Medicines Update

Occasionally FreeStyle Libre sensors are found to be faulty. The sensors may not stick properly, may not turn on, or provide any results. Patients are advised to phone Abbott’s Customer Care Line - 0800 170 1177 -...

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NHS Prescribing at request of private sector

Posted: March 13, 2019.
Category - Medicines Update

NHS Prescribing at request of private consultants - Update Recently some GPs have asked about requests from the private sector requesting that they prescribe treatments for ADHD (e.g methylphenidate, a Controlled Drug).  We have pr...

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VSL#3 & Vivomixx removed from Drug Tariff

Posted: March 13, 2019.
Category - Medicines Update

Probiotics VSL#3 & Vivomixx removed from Drug Tariff     Following a rev...

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Carbagen® (carbamazepine) tablet supply issues

Posted: March 12, 2019.
Category - Medicines Update

There is currently a national shortage of the Carbagen® brand carbamazepine 200 and 400mg immediate release (IR) and prolonged release (PR) tablets. The MHRA has classified carbamazepine as a Category 1 antiepileptic drug, which means patie...

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Gabapentin and Pregabalin - Change to CD

Posted: March 12, 2019.
Category - Medicines Update

From 1st April 2019, amendments to the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 and the Safe Custody Regulations 1973 come into force, resulting in changes to the legal classification of gabapentin and pregabalin as Schedule 3 Controlled Dru...

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