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

11/01/2018

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NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) and NHS England have launched 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.

These prescriptions include items for a condition:

  • That is considered to be self-limiting and so does not need treatment as it will heal of its own accord;
  • Which lends itself to self-care, i.e. that the person suffering does not normally need to seek medical care but may decide to seek help with symptom relief from a local pharmacy and use an over the counter medicine.

They want to encourage everyone who is interested to participate in the consultation and have organised several engagements events to provide more information on the consultation and process.

Information and registration instructions are provided below:

Face to face

Consultation meetings:

Webinars

For further information visit the consultation webpage: https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/consultation/over-the-counter-items-not-routinely-prescribed/

You can also take part in the consultation online by completing the survey: https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/consultation/over-the-counter-items-not-routinely-prescribed/consultation/intro/

The consultation runs from 20 December 2017 to 14 March 2018

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