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.
We want to encourage everyone who is interested to participate in the consultation and we have organised several engagements events to provide more information on the consultation and process.
Information and registration instructions are provided below and we would be grateful if you could share this information throughout your network.
Face to face
Conditions for which over the counter items should not routinely be prescribed in primary care: consultation meeting
• Tues 30 Jan (2pm – 4pm) – Leeds https://www.events.england.nhs.uk/events/conditions-for-which-over-the-counter-items-should-not-routinely-be-prescribed-in-primary-care
• Fri 9 Feb (2pm – 4pm) – Birmingham https://www.events.england.nhs.uk/events/conditions-for-which-over-the-counter-items-should-not-routinely-be-prescribed-in-primary-care-18748
Conditions for which over the counter items should not routinely be prescribed in primary care: consultation webinar
• Mon 22 Jan (1pm – 2:30pm) https://www.events.england.nhs.uk/events/webinar-conditions-for-which-over-the-counter-items-should-not-routinely-prescribed-in-primary-care
• Wed 21 Feb (1pm – 2:30pm) https://www.events.england.nhs.uk/events/webinar-conditions-for-which-over-the-counter-items-should-not-routinely-prescribed-in-primary-care-18772
This information will also be available on the consultation webpage; https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/consultation/over-the-counter-items-not-routinely-prescribed/
The consultation will close on Wednesday 14 March 2018 and we cannot accept any responses after this date.