The NHS epends approximately £569 million on prescsripitons for medicines which could be purchased over the counter from the pharmacy, petrol station or Supermarket, at a lower cost than that which would be incurred by the NHS>
In line with guidance from NHS England the Brighton & Hove and High Weald Lewes Havens CCGs are recommending GPs will no longer routinely prescribe medicines from common conditions which can be bought over the counter.
By reducing the spend on treating minor conditions that are self-limiting and encouraging self-care, the NHS can spend the money it will save on treatments that have a greater impact on health.
The GP will no longer routinely prescribe:
- Items of limited clinical effectiveness such as probioticcs, vitamins and minerals
- Medications for self-limiting conditions, which do not require any medical advice or treatment as it will c lear up on its own, such as cough, sore throat and colds.
- Treatments for a condition that is suitable for self-care, which can be treated with items that can be easily purchased over the counter from a pharmacy,such as indigestion, mouth ulcers, warts and verrucae.
Being EXEMPT from paying a PRESCRIPTION CHARGE or having a PRE_PAYMENT CERTIFICATE does not automatically warrant an exception
Speak to your local pharmacist about stocking up on your medicines cabinet to treat common conditions for you and your family. By keeping a selection of essential medications at home you can treat common conditions in a timely manner: avoid unnecessary trips to see your doctor and/or even visits to the A&E Department