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NHS England has recently lead a review of low value prescription items and have introduced new guidance for our local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), with a view to substantially saving NHS expenditure in this area.

It follows extensive work by NHS Clinical Commissioners which identified significant areas where potential savings can be made, up to potentially £400m per year which could be spent on care which has a bigger impact on patient care.

NHS England has worked with clinicians and clinical commissioning groups to develop guidelines around a set of medicines which are ineffective, unnecessary, inappropriate for prescription on the NHS, or indeed unsafe, and that together cost the NHS £128m per year.  

Careful consideration has been given to ensure that particular groups of people are not disproportionately affected, and that principles of best practice clinical prescribing are followed.

An example of prescriptions affected by these nationwide changes include:

Acne Creams (Freederm, Panoxl etc)

Anti-Inflammatory Creams/Gels (Ibuprofen gel etc)

Rubefacients (Deep Heat, Deep Freeze etc)

Antiperspirants (Drichlor etc)

Athletes Foot cream (Lamasil, Daktarin etc)

Bite and Sting Cream (Hydrocortisone cream)

Bruising Cream

Constipation Medication (Senna)

Docusate Capsules

Cough Medicines (Simple Linctus etrc)

Dental Items (Mouth Wash, Bonjela etc)

Emollients (Shower/Bath substitutes etc)

Eye Drops

Fungal Nail Treatments

Haemorrhoid Creams

Hay Fever Medication (Piriton, Benadryl, Clarityn etc)

Head Lice Treatments

Indigestion Treatments

Infant Colic & Nappy Rash Treatments (Infacol, Sudocrem etc)

Painkillers (Paracetamol, Calpol, Ibuprofen, Co-Codamol etc)

Support Bandages & Plasters

Threadworm Treatment

Thrush Treatments 

Vitamins & Minerals (Folic acid etc)

For a comprehensive list, please ask at reception. 






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