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​NHS England consultation on prescribing over the counter medicines


NHS England is running a public consultation on reducing prescribing of over-the-counter medicines for 33 minor, short-term health concerns.  

In the year prior to June 2017, the NHS spent approximately £569 million on prescriptions for medicines which can be purchased over the counter from a pharmacy and other outlets such as supermarkets.

The over the counter medicines proposals for consultation include stopping the routine prescribing of products that:

·         Have low clinical value 

·         Treat a condition that is considered to be self-limiting, e.g. it will heal/be cured of its own accord.

·         Treat a condition which could be managed by self-care, i.e. that the person does not need to seek medical care or could visit a pharmacist, such as indigestion, mouth ulcers and pain relief.

The consultation opened on 20 December 2017 and runs until 24 March 2018.

For further information and to respond or attend an event or webinar about the consultation, click here.