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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 consultation and the online feedback facility can be accessed here.  An Easy Read version can be accessed here.

The local consultation run by CCGs in Norfolk is now closed.  More information and the feedback report can be accessed here.