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Update: DOAC Booklet availability in Primary Care

Posted: December 11, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

GP Practices and Community Pharmacies can now order printed copies of the new Direct Oral Anticoagulant (DOAC) Patient Information Booklet and Alert Card. Printed copies remain available for use in hospitals across NHSGGC. Please refer to this ...

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Guideline News Oct/Nov 2018

Posted: December 05, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

Updated Adult NHSGGC Guidelines now available on Staffnet         Sign Guidelines     <...

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MHRA Updates Nov 18

Posted: November 28, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

Drug Safety Update (October 2018) includes: Rivaroxaban (Xarelto▼)

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Why should I report to the Yellow Card scheme?

Posted: November 19, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

Yellow Card Scotland has provided a summary of the importance and relevance to practice of reporting adverse drug reactions (ADRs) via the Yellow Card scheme. KEY POINTS As little as 2 or 3 reports of an ...

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Therapeutics Handbook Update Nov 2018

Posted: November 03, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

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

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DOAC Patient Information Booklet available now

Posted: October 30, 2018.
Category - Medicines Update

A Direct Oral Anticoagulant (DOAC) Patient Information Booklet and Alert Card have been developed for use across NHSGGC. This new resource is suitable for patients taking apixaban, dabigatran, edoxaban or rivaroxaban and highlights key ...

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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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