The MHRA Drug Safety Update (August 2012) highlights changes to the prescribing information for
simvastatin regarding interactions that can increase the risk of myopathy and or rhabdomyolysis.
Herpes zoster (shingles) vaccine (Zostavax®) is a live attenuated vaccine licensed for prevention of shingles and post-herpetic neuralgia in adults 50 years and over. Although it has been added to the drug tariff it is currently not included in the national immunisation programme.
Guidance on vitamin D has been produced.
The Supply of oxygen for patients in the community is changing across Scotland in 2012. These new arrangements will result in all oxygen supplies being provided from a central source rather than community pharmacies.
Letters were sent to healthcare professionals in October and December 2011 to inform of new important safety information and advice in relation to citalopram and escitalopram.
Healthcare Improvement Scotland have issued a consensus statement on the safe and effective use of dabigatran etexilate.