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NHS England consultation on over the counter medicines

NHS Sutton CCG is encouraging residents to respond to a national public consultation launched by NHS England on reducing prescribing of over-the-counter medicines for 33 minor, short-term health concerns.

The consultation closes on 14 March 2018.

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 
  • 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.

Vitamins/minerals and probiotics have also been included in the consultation proposals as items of low clinical effectiveness which are of high cost to the NHS.

The aim of this consultation is to provide you with information about the proposed national guidance and to seek your views about the proposals.  To view the consultation document, the Equalities and Health Inequalities Impact Assessment and to fill in the survey, please follow the link below:

The intention is to produce a consistent, national framework for CCGs to use.  Subject to the outcome of the consultation, the commissioning guidance will need to be taken into account by CCGs in adopting or amending their own local guidance to GPs in primary care.

During the consultation period NHS England are also hosting a face to face event in London to provide further information about the proposed national guidance and to seek your views about the proposals. Please follow the links below to book a place.

Mon 5 Mar (2 - 4) - London