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NHS England asks the public for views on over-the-counter medicines

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NHS England asks the public for views on over-the-counter medicines

Posted on Wednesday 14th February 2018

NHS England is currently asking the public for views on reducing prescribing of over-the-counter medicines for 33 minor, short-term health concerns.

The public consultation can be found at:
https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/consultation/over-the-counter-items-not-routinely-prescribed|

The public consultation started in December and ends on 14 March 2018.

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.

This not only costs the NHS an estimated £136 million a year, it also means some people are taking up GP appointments which could otherwise be used for more complex and serious cases.

We would urge you to look at the full list of conditions and take part in this public consultation online.

Posted on Wednesday 14th February 2018

 

 
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