NHS England National Consultation on Over The Counter (OTC) Medicines
NHS England is running a public consultation on reducing prescribing of over-the-counter medicines for 33 minor, short-term health concerns. The consultation runs from December 20th 2017 to March 14th 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 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.
The local consultation run by CCGs in Norfolk is now closed. More information and the feedback report can be accessed here.