It’s not too late to have your say on national proposals for the prescription of over-the-counter medicines

02 March 2018

There’s still time to have your say on proposals to reduce prescribing of some over the counter medicines.

A national consultation on the proposals runs until 14 March and covers 33 minor or self-limiting conditions plus vitamins, minerals and probiotics.

Dr Prakash Chandra, a local GP and chair of Newham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said:

“It is so important that we know what local people think about these proposals, because this will enable us to make an informed decision if the recommendation is to stop prescribing for these conditions in primary care."

To respond to the national consultation, please visit: www.engage.england.nhs.uk/consultation/over-the-counter-items-not-routinely-prescribed/

All responses should be submitted before the consultation ends on 14 March 2018.

National guidance on prescribing over the counter items for these conditions could save the NHS money and put an end to regional variations in what is available on prescription. In many cases, self-care can be more effective, quicker and convenient than visiting the GP and can free up valuable GP time. 

Events are being held to provide further information and to seek people’s views on the proposals, including one in London on 5 March 2018. Please follow the link below to book a place.

Face-to-face events: