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NHS Consultation on proposals to restrict 33 prescription items

19 February 2018

New guidance published following consultation on 18 over the counter items which should not routinely be prescribed in primary care. Second consultation has proposals for a further 33 prescription items.

Results of first consultation

We have had an unprecedented high number of responses to a consultation on 18 prescription items which were proposed to be no longer routinely prescribed.

On the 30 November 2017, the NHS England Board (NHS E) considered the responses received and evidence submitted during the 3-month public consultation on the 18 prescription items, which closed on 21 October, and the content of final statutory guidance to CCGs.  ‘Items which should not be routinely prescribed in primary care'

Guidance for CCGs’ has now been published

The second consultation

NHS E is now consulting upon the second phase of the work which is focused on ‘Conditions for which over the counter items should not routinely be prescribed in primary care’.

This public consultation, which closes 14 March 2018, includes proposals on reducing prescribing of over-the-counter medicines for 33 ‘minor, short-term health concerns’.

NHS E welcomes your views on these proposals by email or by completing the online survey.

NHS E is also undertaking face to face and online events for this consultation and details of these can also be found on the link above. Please let us know if you are planning to attend any of these events: bernd.sass@disabilityrightsuk.org 

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