Prescribing Advice for GPs

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SMC Update - June 2019

The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) has issued its monthly advice on newly licensed medicines.

Fluticasone/formoterol (Flutiform®) has been accepted for use in the regular treatment of asthma in children aged 5 to 12 years where the use of a combination product (an inhaled corticosteroid and a long-acting β2 agonist) is appropriate:

  • for patients not adequately controlled with inhaled corticosteroids and 'as required' inhaled short-acting β2 agonist
  • or for patients already adequately controlled on both an inhaled corticosteroid and a long-acting β2 agonist

This product has already been accepted for use in adults and adolescents aged 12 years and above on the same basis.

Action: Clinicians should be aware of the recommendations of the SMC. Routine use of rejected and restricted medicines should be avoided.

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CKS Updates - May 2019

During May 2019 Clinical Knowledge Summaries were published or updated in the following areas.

The majority of topics have undergone reviews and minor restructures. The Hypercholesterolaemia - familial topic has been updated in line with current NICE guidance. The Ulcerative colitis topic has been significantly restructured with recommendations on the diagnosis and management amended in line with current evidence and the sections on specialist investigations and management have been updated and expanded.

Action: Clinicians who see patients with any of these conditions may find the new and updated information useful when reviewing current clinical practice.

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