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NHSE Guidance for which Over the Counter (OTC) Prescribing should not be routinely prescribed


In the year prior to June 2017, the NHS nationally spent approximately £569 million on prescriptions for medicines which can be purchased over the counter from a pharmacy and other outlets such as supermarkets.

With this in mind and with a view to reducing spend but also promoting self-care NHS England carried out a public consultation earlier this year on reducing the prescribing of over-the-counter medicines for minor, short-term health concerns.

NHS England have now analysed the findings from that consultation, and alongside a range of other information, have agreed and published new guidance on conditions for which over the counter items should not routinely be prescribed in primary care. You can view the outputs from the NHSE consultation and the full NHSE guidance by following the link below:

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Before deciding on next steps and our response to the new NHS England guidance Tameside and Glossop Strategic Commission want to understand the potential impact of the changes on local people.  Please tell us your views here. The deadline for comments is the 31st October 2018